Enhancing the Trustworthiness of Qualitative Research in International Business
Sinkovics R R, Ghauri P N. Enhancing the Trustworthiness of Qualitative Research in International Business [J]. Management International Review, 2008, 48(6): 689-714
Posted: 1 Oct 2016
Date Written: 2008
Reliability, validity, generalisability and objectivity are fundamental concerns for quantitative researchers. For qualitative research, however, the role of these dimensions is blurred. Some researchers argue that these dimensions are not applicable to qualitative research and a quali- tative researcher’s tool chest should be geared towards trustworthiness and encompass issues such as credibility, dependability, transferability and confirmability.
This paper advocates the use of formalised and software-based procedures for the analysis and interpretation of qualitative interview data. It is argued that International Business research, with a focus on international datasets, equivalence issues, multiple research environments and multiple researchers, will benefit from formalisation. The use of software programmes is deemed to help to substantiate the analysis and interpretation of textual interview data.
Keywords: Qualitative Research, Interviews, Trustworthiness, Reliability, Equivalence, Emic and Etic Approaches
JEL Classification: C44
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