A Meta- Method of the Researches on Master's and PhD Theses in the field of Industrial Management, Shiraz University

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Associate Prof., Department of Business Administration, Faculty of Economics, Management and Social Sciences, Shiraz University, Iran.

2 Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Industrial Management Production Orientation, Faculty of Management, Economics and Social Sciences, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran.


Objective: According to many experts, methodological weakness is one of the
weaknesses of master and doctoral dissertations in Iran. A meta-methodological study is
a kind of comprehensive study that examines and compares the methodological aspects of
previous researches. Accordingly, the purpose of this study is to identify and evaluate the
status of the methodological components of master and doctoral dissertations in the field
of industrial management at Shiraz University from 1991 to 2019.
Methods: This research is a descriptive and analytical type that used Meta-method to
review the dissertations in the field of industrial management. VOS viewer software is
used to analyze data from Excel software and keyword co-event.
Results: The results of the data analysis showed that 89% of the dissertations were
applied research t and the most used tool of the researchers was questionnaire (31%). In
addition, the results indicated the dominance of quantitative methods (79%), positivism
paradigm (80%) and survey strategy (57%) and Statistical test methods (30%) in the
analysis of findings in industrial management researches. Finally, by extracting 713
unique keywords, 56 words were repeated at least 5 times, including applied research,
descriptive, quantitative, positivism, library and field research, survey, documentation
and questionnaire.
Conclusion: The results of this study can lead to understanding the past situation and by
presenting a picture of trends in the selection of methods used in dissertations, identify
the existing gaps and be used for future educational and research planning.


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