Monthly Archive for: ‘July, 2015’

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Qualitative Research: an Endangered Species?

An advertising agency executive responds… If not dead, I think traditional qualitative is becoming an endangered species. I’ve seen enough bad practice in focus groups – often driven by agencies and clients who have no real understanding of either the purpose or process – to cause everyone to question why they should continue with qualitative research or whether it should be euthanized. The …

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In Defense of Qualitative Research

Qualitative is Dead. I had lunch recently with a good friend and former colleague who, like me, received his graduate training at a top-ranked Midwestern university known for its quantitative social science research programs. During our lunch he once again put forth the proposition that “Qualitative research is dead. And, besides, who needs it…?”

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