A Procedure for Implementing Exploratory Mixed Methods Research into Dry Port Management
Keywords:Dry ports, Mixed methods, Grounded theory, Exploratory factor analysis, Malaysia
Qualitative approach has become the main method of exploring significant dimensions in dry port research.
Quantitative approach has also been employed to examine empirical evidence in this research area. The application of mixed methods has been proposed in the dry port research to provide a multidimensional insight into seaport research issues. This paper provides guidance on mixed method application in dry port research and demonstrates that the implementation of mixed methods research is capable of providing comprehensive results by integrating qualitative and quantitative results in a single research. The availability of different dimensions and alternative designs lends this approach wide applicability, facilitating the production of valid and reliable outcomes and ensuring high level of generalizability of dry port research.