Seminar :This interactive seminar reports on joint research with Keith Townsend (WOW, Griffith University) to begin to address a paucity of explicit discussion across the social sciences regarding the number of qualitative interview participants deemed sufficient. The seminar commences with an overview of literature outlining empirically grounded evidence and expert recommendations regarding the number of participants required. Drawing on an analysis of 244 empirical articles in top journal using interviews the research explores firstly how organisation and workplace researchers report and justify the number of interview participants and, secondly the number of interviews that these researchers have considered enough. The seminar will offer recommendations regarding the reporting of the number of interviews, alongside offering tentative ranges regarding the number of interview participants that are likely to be considered sufficient in different contexts.
Speaker: Mark Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods at the Surrey Business School, UK. He was Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes for Business, Economics and Law from 2011 - 2014, and was recently awarded a Fellowship of the British Academy of Management.
His areas of expertise are research methods, including online research methods, methods for researching trust, the development of process consultation tools to learn about and improve organisational relationships; and the human resource aspects of management of change.
He has published in a range of journals including Field Methods and Human Performance, Human Relations, and Journal of Small Business Management and recent books include Handbook of Research Methods on Trust (2012, 2015 forthcoming; Edward Elgar)
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