Selecting a Research Design

The goal of research is to answer questions. Good questions, however, are just the beginning. The second step is how to answer them. With the growth in the number and complexity of research designs and methods, it can be challenging to know how to select the best research design. 

Whether you are an academic or applied researcher, you should have many tools in your research toolbox. A full toolbox will enable you to design the best study possible to answer your questions.

This training session was designed to create and increase awareness about how to design a research study using three real-world examples: a qualitative/quantitative mixed analysis, a full qualitative longitudinal piece, and a conceptual piece.

About the presenter:

Glenn Richey is the Harbert Eminent Scholar in supply chain management, chair of the department of supply chain management, and research director in the Center for Supply Chain Innovation at Auburn University in Alabama.

He has published over 100 articles in peer-reviewed scholarly journals and won numerous awards for his research. Included among these are the Cavusgil Award for the best contribution to international marketing in Journal of International Marketing and the LaLonde award for best contribution in supply chain management and logistics in the Journal of Business Logistics.

Richey currently is editor-in-chief at Journal of Business Logistics and an associate editor at the Journal of Supply Chain Management. In 2013, he received Emerald Publishing’s Leading Editor Award as co-editor of the International Journal of Physical Distribution & Logistics Management.

He has taught across six continents as a visiting professor and research associate at many universities, including BEM Dakar in Senegal and Mediterranean School of Business in Tunisia.