The Qualitative Approach in the Research in Production Management in Brazil

  • Darlan José Roman
  • Jamur Johnas Marchi
  • Rolf Hermann Erdmann
Keywords: Production Management, Qualitative Research, Scientific Production

Abstract

In this article, we discuss the application of qualitative research in Production Management in Brazil. Therefore, we selected 486 articles from leading Brazilian journals in the area between the years 2007 and 2011. We analyzed qualitative methods that were used and the studied subjects. The methodology was based on documentary research and the analysis was performed using descriptive statistics. The results show the methodological characteristic of the studies in Production Management in Brazil in the last five years, as well as major themes that were discussed. It was possible to realize that there was a balance between the quantitative and qualitative work. However, in some moments of the period of analysis, the qualitative method was more used than the quantitative method. With respect to most used qualitative research strategies, it was possible to note that the case study has gained the preference of researchers in relation to other research strategies. In second place, the action research: even if it did not get the same percentage of use found in the case study, presented a considerable use. With regard to the issues, it was possible to note that traditional subjects such as lean and mean production, PDP and ergonomics remain, and that some new ones, such as supply chain management, supply chains and networks, linked to strategy, have assumed some prominence.

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Author Biographies

Darlan José Roman

Doutorando em Administração do Programa de Pós-graduação da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina - Florianópolis-SC, Brasil. Mestre em Administração pelo Programa de Pós-graduação da Universidade
Federal de Santa Catarina.

Jamur Johnas Marchi
Professor Assistente da Universidade Federal do Pampa (UNIPAMPA) - Santana do Livramento-RS, Brasil. Aluno de Doutorado em Administração do Programa de Pós-graduação da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (PPGA/UFSC). Mestre em Administração pelo Programa de Pós-graduação da Universidade Federal de Santa Maria (PPGA/UFSM).
Rolf Hermann Erdmann
Professor Associado da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (PPGA/UFSC) - Florianópolis-SC, Brasil. Doutor em Engenharia da Produção pelo Programa de Pós-graduação em Engenharia da Produção da Universidade Federal de Santa Catarina (PPGEP/UFSC).
How to Cite
Roman, D., Marchi, J., & Erdmann, R. (1). The Qualitative Approach in the Research in Production Management in Brazil. REGE Revista De Gestão, 20(1), 131-144. https://doi.org/10.5700/issn.2177-8736.rege.2013.62026
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Produção e Operações