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Journal Issue
Volume 8 Issue 2, ECRM Special Issue Part 1 / Dec 2010  pp63‑162

Editor: Ann Brown, David Douglas, Marian Carcary, Jose Esteves

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A Grounded Case of Enterprise Acquisition  pp63‑72

David Douglas

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Contextual Sensitivity in Grounded Theory: The Role of Pilot Studies  pp73‑84

Miguel Baptista Nunes et al

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Looking for Clues about Quality: A Multilevel Mixed Design on Quality Management in Greek Universities  pp85‑94

Antigoni Papadimitriou

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The Application of Mixed Methods in Organisational Research: A Literature Review  pp95‑105

Jose Molina Azorin, Roslyn Cameron

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Subtextual Phenomenology: A Methodology for Valid, First‑Person Research  pp106‑118

Jocene Vallack

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Using Focus Groups in Studies of ISD Team Behaviour  pp119‑131

Colm O’hEocha, Kieran Conboy, Xiaofeng Wang

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Abstract

This paper discusses an innovative focus group approach used to study an Information Systems Development (ISD) environment. The research had to cope with the application of a broad framework, untested in practice, seeking to elicit potentially highly sensitive opinions and judgments in a highly pressurised, time‑restricted environment. The researchers’ design of the focus groups is discussed along with an evaluation of the final approach used. The paper concludes with a set of issues for future researchers to consider when designing focus groups for their own studies, along with a set of lessons learned and recommendations arising from the research team’s experience in this study 

 

Keywords: focus group, information systems development, evaluation criteria

 

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Identification and Motivation of Participants for Luxury Consumer Surveys  pp132‑145

Klaus Heine

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Seizing the Opportunity: Using Availability Samples in Policy Programs for Creating Relevance in Broader Contexts  pp146‑155

Lien Beck et al

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Taking Stock of Research methods in Strategy as practice  pp156‑162

Ramya T Venkateswaran, Ganesh N Prabhu

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