Methodological roadmapping

a study of centering resonance analysis


  • Jonathan Simões Freitas Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Jéssica Castilho Andrade Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • André Azevedo Renno Campos Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Júlio Cézar Fonseca de Melo Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Lin Chih Cheng Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais
  • Carlos Alberto Gonçalves Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais



CRA, Centering resonance analysis, Methodological roadmapping, Methodological innovation


Purpose – This paper aims to map the creation and evolution of centering resonance analysis (CRA). This method was an innovative approach developed to conduct textual content analysis in a semi-automatic, theory-informed and analytically rigorous way. Nevertheless, despite its robust procedures to analyze documents and interviews, CRA is still broadly unknown and scarcely used in management research. Design/methodology/approach – To track CRA’s development, the roadmapping approach was properly adapted. The traditional time-based multi-layered map format was customized to depict, graphically, the results obtained from a systematic literature review of the main CRA publications. Findings – In total, 19 papers were reviewed, from the method’s introduction in 2002 to its last tracked methodological development. In all, 26 types of CRA analysis were identified and grouped in five categories. The most innovative procedures in each group were discussed and exemplified. Finally, a CRA methodological roadmap was presented, including a layered typology of the publications, in terms of their focus and innovativeness; the number of analysis conducted in each publication; references for further CRA development; a segmentation and description of the main publication periods; main turning points; citationbased relationships; and four possible future scenarios for CRA as a method. Originality/value – This paper offers a unique and comprehensive review of CRA’s development, favoring its broader use in management research. In addition, it develops an adapted version of the roadmapping approach, customized for mapping methodological innovations over time.


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