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A must-have reference resource for qualitative management researchers, this dictionary contains over 90 entries covering the fundamentals of qualitative methodologies; covering both analysis and implementation. Each entry gives an introduction to the topic, lists the key relevant features, gives a worked example, a concise summary and a selection of further reading suggestions. It is suitable for researchers and academics who need a handy and quick point of reference.

Simulation – Methodology
Simulation – methodology
Introduction

A methodology is a system of methods and rules to facilitate the collection and analysis of data; hence, it is the basis for choosing a research approach made up of theories, ideas, concepts and definition of a topic. There are two main research paradigms and philosophies: positivist paradigm and phenomenological paradigm. The researcher in the positivism research approach assumes the role of an objective analyst who attempts to apply a highly structured methodology to facilitate replications, with an emphasis on quantifiable observations that lend themselves to statistical analysis (Saunders et al., 2003). With this in mind, the technique known as simulation modelling is rooted in the positivism research methodology and there have been numerous studies in which simulation has been applied ...

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