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Coherence and transparency: some advice for qualitative researchers

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posted on 28.09.2017 by Crispin Coombs
There is relatively little advice in the Engineering domain for undertaking qualitative studies. Researchers have to rely on generic guidance that may result in imprecise application of qualitative methods. A related discipline to Engineering is Information Systems (IS) and the experiences of the IS domain may provide some useful insights for undertaking qualitative studies. This paper synthesizes the guidance from the IS community for crafting high quality qualitative studies and manuscripts. It reports on five themes: i) Establishing philosophical underpinnings; ii) Clarifying theoretical aims; iii) Selecting qualitative methods; iv) Demonstrating rigour in qualitative data analysis; and v) Grappling with generalisation. The review stresses the importance of coherence and transparency for crafting qualitative research manuscripts and provides a list of reflective questions for qualitative research design.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Production

Volume

27

Citation

COOMBS, C., 2017. Coherence and transparency: some advice for qualitative researchers. Production, 27, e20170068.

Publisher

Brazilian Association of Production Engineering (ABEPRO)

Version

VoR (Version of Record)

Publisher statement

This work is made available according to the conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence. Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/ by/4.0/

Acceptance date

05/09/2017

Publication date

2017-10-26

Notes

This is an Open Access Article. It is published by Brazilian Association of Production Engineering (ABEPRO) under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Licence (CC BY). Full details of this licence are available at: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

ISSN

0103-6513

eISSN

1980-5411

Language

en

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