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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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.
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160807 Sociological Methodology and Research Methods
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