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Year 2018 
Volume 26 
Issue 1

How do we study crowdfunding? An overview of methods and introduction to new research agenda

Agata Stasik
Kozminski University

Ewa Wilczyńska
Kozminski University

2018 26 (1) Central European Management Journal

DOI 10.7206/jmba.ce.2450-7814.219

Abstract

Purpose: Crowdfunding is a global phenomenon of rising signifcance and impact on different areas of business and social life, investigated across many academic disciplines. The goal of the article is to present the variety of methods applied in crowdfunding research, assess their strengths and weaknesses, offer the typology of methodological approaches, and suggest the most promising direction for further studies. Research limitations/implications: The overview renders crowdfunding studies more accessible for potential newcomers to the feld and strengthens transdisciplinary discussion on crowdfunding. Despite the broad variety of the analyzed articles that reflect the newest trends, the sample is not representative in the statistical meanings of the term.

Design/methodology: The paper is based on the review of the most recent academic and industry literature on crowdfunding and own analysis of data presented by crowdfunding platforms’ operators.

Findings: The article incorporates interrelations of methods, goals of inquiries, and types of results to propose a typology of methodological approaches that researchers currently apply to crowdfunding: from platform­centred to multi­sited. The authors discuss the advantages and limitations of the identifed approaches with the use of multiple examples of recent and most influential studies from the feld and propose the most urgent direction of future inquiries.

Originality/value: The article offers the frst review of methodologies applied in the transdisciplinary area of crowdfunding studies and connects it to broader methodological discussions about transdisciplinary research on the digital phenomena. The review strengthens the transdisciplinary dialog on crowdfunding.

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