Shades of Grey: Guidelines for Working with the Grey Literature in Systematic Reviews for Management and Organizational Studies

Resource type
Journal Article
Authors/contributors
Title
Shades of Grey: Guidelines for Working with the Grey Literature in Systematic Reviews for Management and Organizational Studies
Abstract
This paper suggests how the ‘grey literature’, the diverse and heterogeneous body of material that is made public outside, and not subject to, traditional academic peer-review processes, can be used to increase the relevance and impact of management and organization studies (MOS). The authors clarify the possibilities by reviewing 140 systematic reviews published in academic and practitioner outlets to answer the following three questions: (i) Why is grey literature excluded from/included in systematic reviews in MOS? (ii) What types of grey material have been included in systematic reviews since guidelines for practice were first established in this discipline? (iii) How is the grey literature treated currently to advance management and organization scholarship and knowledge? This investigation updates previous guidelines for more inclusive systematic reviews that respond to criticisms of current review practices and the needs of evidence-based management.
Publication
International Journal of Management Reviews
Volume
19
Issue
4
Pages
432-454
Date
October 1, 2017
Language
en
ISSN
1468-2370
Short Title
Shades of Grey
Accessed
07/05/2018, 15:15
Library Catalog
Wiley Online Library
Extra
shortDOI: 10/gdg6vq
Citation
Adams, R. J., Smart, P., & Huff, A. S. (2017). Shades of Grey: Guidelines for Working with the Grey Literature in Systematic Reviews for Management and Organizational Studies. International Journal of Management Reviews, 19(4), 432–454. https://doi.org/10.1111/ijmr.12102