Purpose - To construct a framework for exploring and discussing the use of different research approaches - deductive, inductive and abductive - in logistics. Design/methodology/approach - A review of research articles in three major logistics journals (International Journal of Logistics Management, International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management and Journal of Business Logistics) from 1998 to 2002. Findings - Recognizes the dominance of deductive research in logistics, and the need for more inductive and, in particular, abductive research for theory development. Discusses the use of the abductive research approach in logistics. Research limitations/ implications - Keywords searches led to a small sample size; more thorough content analysis is needed to apply the findings from the constructed framework. Practical implications - Useful source of information on the three different research approaches, their possibilities and implications for research. Originality/value - The abductive research approach has not yet been discussed in logistics.
|Peer-reviewed scientific journal||International Journal of Physical Distribution and Logistics Management|
|Number of pages||13|
|Publication status||Published - 2005|
|MoE publication type||A2 Review article in a scientific journal|
- Distribution management