Vol. 9 No. 4 (2021): Business & Management Studies: An International Journal

The use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in management and organization studies: A systematic review

Halit Keskin
Prof. Dr., Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Türkiye
Zeynep Aksoy
Res. Assist., Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Türkiye
Selahaddin Şamil Fidan
Res. Assist., Yıldız Technical University, İstanbul, Türkiye

Published 2021-12-25

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Keskin, H., Aksoy, Z., & Fidan, S. Şamil. (2021). The use of interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) in management and organization studies: A systematic review. Business & Management Studies: An International Journal, 9(4), 1437–1451. https://doi.org/10.15295/bmij.v9i4.1925


This study systematically reviews management and organization studies that used interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) as a qualitative research design and introduced IPA to Turkey's management and organization studies literature. Within this scope, 17 IPA studies included in the Web of Science database were systematically examined in terms of the aim of the research, research question, sampling, industry, the profession of participants, and data analysis method that reflect the nature of IPA. Results reveal that all 17 studies examined phenomena experienced in the organizational context. However, only nine studies used the purposive sampling method.  Also, only 6 out of 17 studies used a homogenous sample, whereas other studies did not mention the homogenous sample term. Furthermore, while some studies collected data from a single country, other studies collected data from multiple countries. However, only two studies collected data from Turkey. In addition, 15 organizational IPA studies used semi-structured interviews as the data collection technique. Finally, this study makes guiding light suggestions to future IPA studies based on the research findings.


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