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Email correspondence : a qualitative data collection tool for organisational researchers

Parris, Melissa 2008, Email correspondence : a qualitative data collection tool for organisational researchers, in ANZAM 2008 : Managing in the Pacific century, Promaco Conventions, [Canning Bridge, W.A.], pp. 1-13.

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Title Email correspondence : a qualitative data collection tool for organisational researchers
Author(s) Parris, Melissa
Conference name Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference (22nd : 2008 : Auckland, New Zealand)
Conference location Auckland, N.Z.
Conference dates 2-5 December 2008
Title of proceedings ANZAM 2008 : Managing in the Pacific century
Editor(s) [unknown]
Publication date 2008
Conference series Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management Conference
Start page 1
End page 13
Total pages 13
Publisher Promaco Conventions
Place of publication [Canning Bridge, W.A.]
Keyword(s) data collection
qualitative research
research design
Summary This paper proposes a novel method for qualitative data collection in organisational research, that of email correspondence. This approach involves written communication between the researcher and each respondent, as a conversational dialogue is constructed. An overview of this method of engaging vvith respondents is provided. The author then discusses how email correspondence was used in two studies of middle managers, outlining both the benefits and challenges experienced. Lessons learned for future use of the method are also considered. Email correspondence proved a valuable tool in revealing respondents' workplace experiences, and this method provides opportunity for organisational researchers seeking to explore employees' personal reflections.
Notes Reproduced with kind permission of the copyright owner.
ISBN 1863081496
Language eng
Field of Research 160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
HERDC Research category E1 Full written paper - refereed
ERA Research output type E Conference publication
Copyright notice ©2008, ANZAM
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30018097

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