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.
|Number of pages||16|
|Journal||Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal|
|Publication status||Published - 2007|
- Management research
- Qualitative methods
- Qualitative research