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Central European Management Journal

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Year 2015 
Volume 23 
Issue 4

Rigour and Relevance: A PhD Student’s Perspective

Tomasz Olejniczak
Kozminski University

2015 23 (4) Central European Management Journal

DOI 10.7206/mba.ce.2084-3356.160

Abstract

Purpose: This study argued that desipite what the content of the debate might suggest, there is
a conflict between the two concepts of rigour and relevance and their actual relationship is a symbiotic
one. Drawing on a definition of symbiosis, the study showed that the concepts of rigour and
relevance are actually two separate “organisms” that are bound by a long term relationship that
benefits both sides.

Methodology: The study reviewed selected literature concerning rigour and relevance and presented
the historical development of the debate and theoretical models of the relationship between the
two concepts.

Implications: The implications were presented from a PhD student’s perspective and included
suggestions on how to approach the issues of rigour and relevance in the research project and how
to cope with their seemingly conflicting nature.

Originality: The originality of this study resulted from approaching the issue of rigour and relevance
from a biology perspective and extending the definition of symbiosis to the relationship between
the two concepts.

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Olejniczak, T. . (2015). Rigour and Relevance: A PhD Student’s Perspective. Central European Management Journal, 23(4), 113-130. https://doi.org/10.7206/mba.ce.2084-3356.160 (Original work published 2015)

MLA style

Olejniczak, T. . “Rigour And Relevance: A Phd Student’S Perspective”. 2015. Central European Management Journal, vol. 23, no. 4, 2015, pp. 113-130.

Chicago style

Olejniczak, Tomasz . “Rigour And Relevance: A Phd Student’S Perspective”. Central European Management Journal, Central European Management Journal, 23, no. 4 (2015): 113-130. doi:10.7206/mba.ce.2084-3356.160.