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BUS 410: Theory and Practice of Business Research

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Writing a Literature Review

What is a literature review?

A literature review is a compilation of previous research and writing on a particular topic. It provides a critical analysis of this research and writing through summary, classification, comparison and evaluation. In a literature review you are required to present:

  • established findings
  • conflicting evidence
  • gaps in the body of scholarship relating to your topic. 

Why are you asked to write a literature review?

You are asked to write literature reviews so that you can demonstrate that you are able to:

  • determine what has already been written on a topic
  • identify previous approaches to the topics
  • identify central issues in the field of Business
  • integrate what previous researchers have found
  • Identify important issues still unresolved.