Response Rates in Business and Management Research: An Overview of Current Practice and Suggestions for Future Direction

Kamel Mellahi, Lloyd C. Harris

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Abstract

This paper examines response rates (RR) in published research in business and management journals. Its aim is to evaluate the efficacy of RR-enhancing strategies, explore differences in RR between sub-disciplines and geographical regions, provide a critical appraisal of RR in business and management research, and offer guidelines for assessing and improving RR in business and management research. Data are analysed from 1093 survey-based papers published between 2009 and 2013 in a representative sample of business and management journals. The results of the study are discussed, and their implications for RR in business and management research are provided.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)426-437
Number of pages12
JournalBritish Journal of Management
Volume27
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2016

Keywords

  • Response rate
  • Monetary Incentives
  • Mail Survey

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