Literature reviews as independent studies: guidelines for academic practice

Sascha Kraus, Matthias Breier, Weng Marc Lim, Marina Dabić, Satish Kumar, Dominik Kanbach, Debmalya Mukherjee, Vincenzo Corvello, Juan Piñeiro-Chousa, Eric Liguori, Daniel Palacios-Marqués, Francesco Schiavone, Alberto Ferraris, Cristina Fernandes, João J. Ferreira

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Review articles or literature reviews are a critical part of scientific research. While numerous guides on literature reviews exist, these are often limited to the philosophy of review procedures, protocols, and nomenclatures, triggering non-parsimonious reporting and confusion due to overlapping similarities. To address the aforementioned limitations, we adopt a pragmatic approach to demystify and shape the academic practice of conducting literature reviews. We concentrate on the types, focuses, considerations, methods, and contributions of literature reviews as independent, standalone studies. As such, our article serves as an overview that scholars can rely upon to navigate the fundamental elements of literature reviews as standalone and independent studies, without getting entangled in the complexities of review procedures, protocols, and nomenclatures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2577-2595
Number of pages19
JournalReview of Managerial Science
Issue number8
StatePublished - Nov 2022

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Business, Management and Accounting


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