Structuring qualitative enquiry in management and organization research: A dialogue on the merits of using software for qualitative data analysis

Andrew Atherton (Lead / Corresponding author), Peter Elsmore (Lead / Corresponding author)

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    Abstract

    Purpose: To explore the cases for and against the use of computer-assisted qualitative data analysis software (CAQDAS) in qualitative organisation and management research.

    Design-methodology-approach: Reflecting the debate inherent in the questions raised about the use of CAQDAS, a dialogue between the authors is used.

    Findings: There are risks associated with using CAQDAS without considering its underpinning principles and assumptions about data analysis. If these are considered explicitly as part of a research methodology, then CAQDAS may be a valuable analytical tool. If not, there is risk of distortion and bias in results from the use of CAQDAS.

    Originality-value: The paper addresses a commonly posed question for qualitative researchers, in a format and structure that is likely to stimulate further debate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)62-77
    Number of pages16
    JournalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
    Volume2
    Issue number1
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2007

    Keywords

    • Epistemology
    • Management research
    • Qualitative methods
    • Qualitative research

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