Saturday, 20 September 2008

Devising interview questions from the literature

It's sensible to leave an audit trail that shows how the data you collected relates to the literature you read. So, I'm attempting to devising interview questions from relevant literature, like Nahapiet & Ghoshal's paper. Hence, for example, they had a theoretical model of different dimensions to social capital. One dimension is structural, so I'm trying to work out questions that related to structure, like
  • who do you know. or
  • tell me about who provides access to resources?
  • what other people have you known at other stages of the project life cycle (which should tell me about network ties)
But creating something practical from a highly academic and theoretical model is taking a bit of time and thought.

Nahapiet, J., & Ghoshal, S. (1998). Social capital, intellectual capital, and the organizational advantage. Academy of Management Review, 23(2), 242-266.

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