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Journal Issue
Volume 10 Issue 2, ECRM / Dec 2012  pp53‑153

Editor: Ann Brown

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Editorial for the ECRM 2012 Special Issue of EJBRM  pp53‑53

Ann Brown

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Integrating Sustainable Development into Research Ethics Protocols  pp54‑63

Anthony Stacey, Julie Stacey

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A Multi‑Methodological Framework for the Design and Evaluation of Complex Research Projects and Reports in Business and Management Studies  pp64‑76

Hendrik Marais

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Looking at the Past to Enrich the Future: A Reflection on Klein and Myers’ Quality Criteria for Interpretive Research  pp77‑88

Ana Cardoso, Isabel Ramos

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A Proposal and Evaluation of a Design Method in Design Science Research  pp89‑100

Francis Gacenga, Aileen Cater-Steel, Mark Toleman, Wui-Gee Tan

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A Technical Guide to Effective and Accessible Web Surveys  pp101‑109

Greg Baatard

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Generating a new Interview Method by using Sensing Technology to Assess Human Emotions  pp110‑120

Yayoi Hirose, Kiyoshi Itao, Tomohiro Umeda

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Abstract

This study aims at generating new interview methods for obtaining more detailed information regarding human emotional factors by utilizing sensing technology. It can improve the weaknesses of qualitative research past discussions have pointed out, and develop the validity of collected data and more objective analysis of collected data in qualitative research. As the first step for a new research method, the study uses two types of sensing device which assess the emotional condition of an interviewee. The first device is ST technology, voice analysis software and a system of emotion estimation. This device using voice analysis defines what emotional condition the interviewees have. When the interviewee makes a statement, the ST technology can investigate his‑her emotional condition, such as whether the interviewee stated it disappointedly, delightly, or angrily, while the conventional coding simply relies on text data. The second device is WHS‑1, portable sensing device. This device investigates whether the interviewee stated certain things in a relaxed or stressed condition by measuring heart rate and analysing the condition of autonomic nerves. The study finally adopts both devices to precisely assess the interviewee’s emotional condition, and demonstrates that the two devices enable the researcher to obtain closer view of the interviewees. The study suggests that generally the two types of sensing device can play a supportive role in analysing emotional factors for interview research. While the researcher can only ascertain stressful or delightful factors based on coding analysis, using sensing devices enables the researcher to identify how stressful or joyful the interviewee is, and why they are in this state, ie. are they stressed due to anger or sorrow? It is expected to enable the researcher to more deeply consider the reason the interviewee is in a certain emotional condition, and also lead to contextual or theoretical discussion. 

 

Keywords: interview method, qualitative research, sensing technology, emotional factor

 

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