Mixed methodology: Implications for library and information science research

MURTALA ISMAIL ADAKAWA, Librarian –I, Bayero University Kano, Nigeria
KABIRU DANLADI GARBA, Head Librarian, Skyline University Nigeria

The paper discusses the implications of using mixed methodology in library and information science research. Library and information science is an interdisciplinary field with origin from several other disciplines like psychology, sociology, information systems management, information technology, business, and humanities. Evidences show that, many researchers employ mixed research methodology in conducting research. Mixed methodology gave and continues to give rise to misunderstandings, is used by many scholars, is acutely doubted, received criticisms, and provoked greater disagreements and discussions among researchers. This paper sets out to bring out the implications of such a methodology in the field of library and information science. The paper is a conceptually based paper that highlights the contradictions of using positivism and constructivism in a single research. It is indicated in the paper that, many researchers are of the opinion that mixing of two different philosophies is almost impossible: citing issues like design and instrument, application of theories and contradictory philosophies. The paper therefore recommends that, design should be made simple to indicate schemes a researcher intends to employ; theories either should be used as a lens or for testing phenomena and mixing of philosophies should be avoided for allowing replication and repetition of researches elsewhere possible.

Keywords: Discipline; Library and Information Science; Mixed Methodology; Paradigm; Qualitative and Quantitative Methodologies  

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Prof. Anubhuti Dwivedi, Dean (Academics) – Asian Business School, Noida, India
An academician with 18 years of experience in post graduate teaching and research in the area of Economics and Business Environment, Prf Anubhuti is a Doctorate in Economics and a double Post Graduate in Economics and Management. Her national and international publications include 6 books, 16 research papers and 2 cases. She has successfully completed an internationally funded research project funded for USD 7500 by New York University Stern School of Business and National Stock Exchange of India and presented papers in various conferences at reputed institutes. She has been in administrative positions where she developed the institutional framework and was at the core of various conferences, seminars, FDPs and MDPs while leading the team. She has recently been awarded with The Women of Excellence Award 2019 by Business View Magazine.

Dr. Maroof Ahmad Mir- Associate Professor – Asian Business School, Noida, India
Dr. Maroof Ahmad Mir is currently working as Associate Professor & Associate Dean- Academics in the area of Finance and Accounts. He has done his Ph.D. in the area of Finance from Aligarh Muslim University and has qualified UGC-NET in Management. He has completed his Master of Business Administration in Finance and Accounts from AMU, Aligarh. He has an overall experience of around 11 years and his areas of interest include Accounting, Investment Management and Financial Management. Dr. Maroof is the recipient of ‘Best Researcher Award’ at ABV – Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management, Gwalior in June 2013. He has taken courses on Econometric Modeling in Finance at IIT Kharagpur, IIM Calcutta, IIIT Gwalior, IMT Ghaziabad and National Institute of Securities Markets (NISM), SEBI. He has also attended various conferences and workshops at institutes of repute. He has presented his research work at various reputed organizations like IIM Ahmedabad, IIT Kanpur, IBS Hyderabad and such.
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Dwivedi, A. & Mir, M.A.  (2019). Mobile banking adoption in India: Decomposed TPB approach. Skyline Business Journal, 15(2), 1-12. https://doi.org/10.37383/SBJ14021901