Qualitative Market Research follows through a complete research project from the perspective of both user and practitioner. In this respect, it can be used as both a continuous teaching text and training manual, or individual sections may be consulted to enhance knowledge of ‘best practices’ and improve productivity in any specific research application. Section one begins with an overview of the history and philosophy behind the practice of qualitative research, using qualitative or quantitative approaches, organizing qualitative research (particularly those in ‘practice’ such as research consultants), qualitative research applications (including product development, branding and advertising) and the varieties of qualitative research methods. Section two looks at the management of qualitative research and discusses project management, planning and budgeting issues. Section three looks at group moderation and interviewing techniques, and section four addresses the whole area of collecting and analyzing qualitative data, including discussion of computer-assisted software methods, as well as research reporting. This book meets the needs of several audiences by creating some common ground in the applied practice of qualitative research. It should consequently be invaluable reading to a wide readership, from social research methods students (particularly those in sociology, business, psychology, education, marketing and market research) to worldwide practitioners of qualitative research, both clients and consultants.
"… a comprehensive survey of the topic… a complete resource and a fundamental yet creative cookbook… Mariampolski offers detailed suggestions on how to effectively set up each particular type of project with step-by-step guidelines on how to proceed at each stage along the way.… It will be very interesting to those who wish to work in marketing, advertising, or research."
--Journal of Advertising Research
Reducing Bias and Error
Conclusions reached through qualitative data collection and analysis are likely to be denigrated as subjective, non-replicable and invalid unless the researcher takes steps to reduce errors and bias. All research methods aim toward achieving valid and reliable measures of social reality. For ...