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

Atherton, Andrew and Elsmore, Peter (2007) Structuring qualitative enquiry in management and organization research:a dialogue on the merits of using software for qualitative data analysis. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, 2 (1). pp. 62-77. ISSN 1746-5648

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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.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management
Uncontrolled Keywords: Qualitative research ; Qualitative methods ; Data analysis ; Computer software
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Departments: VC's Office
Lancaster University Management School > Institute for Enterprise & Entrepeneurial Development (IEED)
ID Code: 76096
Deposited By: ep_importer_pure
Deposited On: 21 Oct 2015 06:05
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 21 Sep 2017 01:15
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/76096

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