The author have retained to follow a dual epistemological stance influenced by positivist and constructivist position, the question and the aim of the research demanded such a direction. In studying the national cultural dimensions (Hofstede, 1980) and the knowledge transfer process inside a South Chinese SME in the perspective of the implication of the millennials generation it was prescribe to follow a mixed approach. The first element demands a positivist methodology to survey the group and extract pertinent data in a similar fashion as one by The Hofstede Centre (Hofstede, 2013), which is the point of comparison. Knowledge transfer and organizational learning studies are emerging from the constructivist approach in trying to comprehend the behaviour and interaction of people and structure in creating an organizational dynamics. It is crucial to respect the epistemological tradition of previous research for maintaining the validity of the process.
The second phase needs to follow a logical development and maintain the dichotomy expressed by the methodology. After following both positivist and constructivist model a mixed methods (Tashakkori, Teddlie, 2010) is the favored combining the utilization of quantitative and qualitative procedures to harvest the information and data qualified to appropriately respond to the different questions posted at the beginning. There are many advantages to combine methods where quantitative provide the “if” and qualitative supply the “how and why” about the research aim and questions (Terrell, 2012), although attention must be attended to the entire process. Furthermore, the seminal work by Tashakkori and Teddlie (2010) have established multiple advantages for this tactic including, pluralism in the pattern, an interactive and multi-axis approach, and a deeper exploration of the subject under scrutiny. Easterby-Smith, Thorpe and Jackson (2012) have also praised the mixed methods in suggesting that it can provide novel perspective to the question and increased the credibility of the results, although advocating prudence due to greater resources necessitated and the superior knowledge of the examiner on the multiples techniques implicated.
As per the data collection tools selected for the author research they will be tri-dimensional. First, under the positivist and quantitative method a survey will be used to collect the information from the millennials inside a university in South China. To compare the results from 300 undergraduate born around 1990 to the overall data from the Chinese population regarding the power distance and individualist range to the Hofstede scale (Hofstede, 1980). The author will adopt the survey supplied by The Hofstede Center (2013), this instrument is offered free of charge and already tested for it reliability to all researcher and student in graduate school. It will be distributed and filled under the supervision of the researcher to ensure the...