An Integral Approach to the Buffett Phenomenon

An Integral Approach to the Buffett Phenomenon
A Proposed Mixed Methods Study
By Edward Kelly
The "Buffett phenomenon" refers to investor Warren Buffett's extraordinary success over the past 50 years. The author uses a comprehensive research process to examine the Buffett phenomenon.
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Published: 06-01-2008
Length: 20 Pages
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This article outlines a full research process (using epistemology, methodology, and methods) as applied to the study of the "Buffett phenomenon." The Buffett phenomenon refers to Warren Buffett's extraordinary investment success over the past 50 years. The epistemology or worldview that guides the author's research is Integral Theory, the methodology or research design that organises it is mixed methods research, and the methods or techniques used to explore it include two quantitative methods: a binomial distribution and a regression test and a hybrid qualitative method known as IMP coding, a general coding scheme based on the eight primordial perspectives in Integral Methodological Pluralism (IMP). Quantitative data used include Buffett's annual investment returns (1957 to 2007) and the qualitative data include Buffett's shareholders letters (1957 to 1969; 1977 to 2007).