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Qualitative research in marketing: what can academics do better?

journal contribution
posted on 11.03.2020 by Jim Crick
Qualitative research is designed to generate in-depth and subjective findings to build theory. Combined with the quantitative bias of top-tier journals, many qualitative researchers do not utilise the full-benefits of their adopted methodologies. This makes it challenging for qualitative researchers to publish their work at this level. Therefore, this current paper is intended to help academics and postgraduate researchers to be aware of the mistakes that can be made when undertaking qualitative research. These include very small (and weak) sample sizes, single-source studies, and poorly-written data analysis processes. This investigation contributes to the extant literature by suggesting some ways to improve the credibility of these methodologies, like accessing the correct informants, reporting on larger (or richer) samples, conducting pilot studies, clearly presenting qualitative data, and triangulation. By drawing upon a range of best practices from the broader commercial literature, some illustrations are offered on how to effectively undertake qualitative research.

History

School

  • Business and Economics

Department

  • Business

Published in

Journal of Strategic Marketing

Publisher

Taylor & Francis (Routledge)

Version

AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Rights holder

© Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group

Publisher statement

This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by Taylor & Francis in Journal of Strategic Marketing on 23 March 2020, available online: http://www.tandfonline.com/10.1080/0965254X.2020.1743738.

Acceptance date

10/03/2020

Publication date

2020-03-23

Copyright date

2020

ISSN

0965-254X

eISSN

1466-4488

Language

en

Depositor

Dr James M. Crick. Deposit date: 10 March 2020

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