What are the advantages and disadvantages of a review study?

By Priya Chetty on December 8, 2019
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A review paper is one that simply appraises already published articles.  It does not contain any primary research.

Advantages of such studies include

  • Since no primary data collection and analysis is involved, it is simpler and faster to write a review paper than an empirical one.
  • Flexibility in length. A review study can be presented anywhere between 1500 and 8000 words.
  • The presentation of arguments is possible in the review paper.

Critical disadvantages include

  • Empirical evidence can be unavailable if it is an unpopular topic.
  • It can be hard to convince publishers of the novelty of your research if the data is not presented robustly.
  • There are limited options for analyzing and presenting the review. Some of these are critical reviews and a systematic review.
  • Review papers lack originality as compared to empirical studies.
  • Review studies do not involve hypothesis testing.

Priya is the co-founder and Managing Partner of Project Guru, a research and analytics firm based in Gurgaon. She is responsible for the human resource planning and operations functions. Her expertise in analytics has been used in a number of service-based industries like education and financial services.

Her foundational educational is from St. Xaviers High School (Mumbai). She also holds MBA degree in Marketing and Finance from the Indian Institute of Planning and Management, Delhi (2008).

Some of the notable projects she has worked on include:

  • Using systems thinking to improve sustainability in operations: A study carried out in Malaysia in partnership with Universiti Kuala Lumpur.
  • Assessing customer satisfaction with in-house doctors of Jiva Ayurveda (a project executed for the company)
  • Predicting the potential impact of green hydrogen microgirds (A project executed for the Government of South Africa)

She is a key contributor to the in-house research platform Knowledge Tank.

She currently holds over 300 citations from her contributions to the platform.

She has also been a guest speaker at various institutes such as JIMS (Delhi), BPIT (Delhi), and SVU (Tirupati).



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