The Use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Employment Relations Research: A Case Study of the Australian and New Zealand Telecommunications Sectors

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Title The Use of Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) in Employment Relations Research: A Case Study of the Australian and New Zealand Telecommunications Sectors
Author Ross, Peter
Journal Name International Employment Relations Review
Year Published 2003
Place of publication Sydney, Australia
Publisher International Employment Relations Association
Abstract Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS) is a tool that assists researchers to engage in comprehensive and rigorous analysis of qualitative data. It allows researchers to organise large amounts of field work data into coherent logical structures and create an integrated data base. This paper examines how the CAQDAS program, NVIVO, was used to provide a robust analysis of qualitative data collected during research into organisational and workforce restructuring in the New Zealand and Australian telecommunications sectors. Primary data included interviews with management supplemented by interviews with union representatives and other stakeholders. Interviewing techniques present researchers with a number of challenges. Interviewees have their own personal beliefs and prejudices, which influence their perceptions of events and issues. Collecting data through interviews also creates the potential for bias on the part of the interviewer — the ‘self full-filling prophesy’ syndrome. CAQDAS programs may reduce these problems by allowing researchers to code and better corroborate data from different stakeholders. The paper concludes that CAQDAS tools may provide valuable support for qualitative research projects.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
Publisher URI http://www.ugbs.org/weru/iera/
Copyright Statement Copyright 2003 International Employment Relations Association. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 9
Issue Number 2
Page from 129
Page to 141
ISSN 1324-1125
Date Accessioned 2006-07-13
Date Available 2013-04-08T00:13:04Z
Language en_US
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject PRE2009-Human Resources Management; PRE2009-Industrial Relations
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/26851
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1a

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