Researchers and academia often have
difficulties identifying the research gap in literature in
various fields of study. Hence, exploring research gap is
one of the most arduous tasks for researchers especially
those at the preliminary stage. The explicit identification
of research gap is an inevitable step in developing a
research agenda including decision about funding and
the design of informative studies. Thus, to identify the
research gap, the researcher needs to prune down his
area of interest as identifying research gaps requires a
lot of reading and analyzing of materials from various
literatures. Hence, this study explores literatures
regarding the method of identifying research gaps in
management sciences. This was done by extensively
examining various literatures on the method of
identifying research gaps from previous researchers.
However, the study made use of content analysis to
identify research gaps in some articles. This study
revealed that researchers are focused on a single type of
research gap, leaving other research gaps unexplored.
Also, there are some methods of research identification
that has remained understandable by researchers as
there are little or no knowledge about them. Hence, the
study recommended among others that the various
research identification methods be explored by
researchers who intend to engage in studies in this field
of management sciences.
Keywords : Research, Research Gap, Content Analysis.