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The term research philosophy refers to a system of beliefs and assumptions about the development of knowledge. In layman’s terms, a research philosophy is the choice a researcher makes on how to pursue his research, consciously or subconsciously. Scholars have identified five of the most prominent research philosophies in academia, however, choosing one is a matter of debate.

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Positivism focuses on the observable reality and aims to produce law-like generalisations.
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Positivism uses large data samples

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By using a large number of sources, the positivists can make a decisive contribution to their field. One source alone can be ambiguous and lead to false conclusions, however using a variety of source types the researchers can formulate accurate theories and reach almost foolproof conclusions that cannot be easily discredited.

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