The Narrative in the Numbers

Part of the Springer Texts in Business and Economics book series (STBE)


This chapter describes how to finish bringing closure to an empirical study, in a way that both structures and enhances the narrative used to report that study’s methods, results, and conclusions. It emphasizes the importance of relating the study’s findings back to the essential facts of the phenomenon of interest, and argues that the study’s ultimate objective should be to understand that phenomenon on its own terms, not the terms prescribed by the researcher. In the process of doing this, the researcher will often unearth an “organizing principle” that grounds the behavior of the major actors involved in this phenomenon, and which also can ground the study’s narrative. These ideas spring to life in applications to the housing crash, the behavior of carnival workers, development in the tropics, teenage fatherhood, and more.


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  1. 1.Sam Houston State UniversityHuntsvilleUSA

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