Critical Literature Review
Adopts a structure that creates a thematic funnel The structure of presentation and the logical relationships between topic discussions are both important aspects of a critical literature review.
It is useful to view the literature review as a “thematic funnel” that begins with a thematic overview of the key themes and ideas before narrowing down to more specific theories and frameworks relating to the specific focus of the study.
Most RQ research centres on business‐to‐business (b‐to‐b) markets and products use survey data, look at relationships from the customer perspective and analyse either the US or European markets.
Also, results differ in various contexts and there is no universally accepted framework for RQ.
Its arguments need to be clear, logical and cohesive.
In so doing, a well-written critical literature review is capable of identifying clear gaps in knowledge that has not been explored in previous literature.
Therefore, in this entry, drawing from few of my recent readings (Saunders and Rojon 2011; Hart 1998), I summarise key attributes of a critical literature review.
Critical review of literature needs to demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of extant theories, debates and issues relevant to research aim and objectives.
In addition, it also needs to provide a critique of conventional as well as dominant discourses of knowledge while remaining critical of the potential objectivity of the researcher’s own arguments (Mingers 2000).
Saunders and Rojon (2011) defines being critical as a “” and identifies several key attributes of a critical literature review.