Systematic Mapping on Research Methodology in the Field of E-commerce

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Ph.D. Candidate in Information Technology Management, Azad university of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

2 Ph.D. in System Management, Faculty of Management, University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran

3 Assistant Prof., Dep. of IT Management University of Tehran, Tehran, Iran


The importance of Methodology Researches in the field of e-commerce is related to the science generation practices and to understand the logic of problem solving in this area. In every scientific discipline, this type of research is critical for the scientific community.The aim of this paper was to review articles that have been published in three Journals of Electronic Commerce from 2009 to 2013 using systematic mapping study. As a result of this study, 337 articles were extracted from a total of 422 articles to investigate different dimensions such as type, goal, scope and method of researches along with philosophical paradigm and unit of analysis, in qualitative and quantitative manner. The results showed that quantitative researches based on positivism paradigm with practical purposes on issues dealing with the development of new products and services and survey research methods in the society unit of analysis had the highest frequency. Finally, we also analyzed the relations between some results, using the Clementine software.


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