Research method

It might be interesting to open up a discussion about the research methods we use. This way we can share our experiences.

To start off… i do interpretive research. Most of my research so far has been case-study based. In my most recent study, I took an ethnographic approach looking into gaming virtual environments, which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed so far…

How about you? what is your method of choice? 🙂


7 Responses

  1. This is really a good idea. I am also exposed to interpretive research but till now only used it for some of my term papers.

    I am more into survey and quantitative methods. I use structural equation models and latent growth curve analysis. Since last three years, I have been using social network analysis as well. In my thesis I use social network analysis.

  2. Ya, this is interesting. I also mostly did case-studies, however, I think I am leaning more into the positivist / normative philosophical orientation, as most of what I do is leaned towards trying to build guidelines/models/methodologies that lead to improved organizational performance. On the other hand, I think that improved interpretivist understanding oh particular positivist “rules” leads to new positivist thinking and again the circle continues. But yes, if I need to be ‘labelled’ and put in one of the boxes, I think I would say case-studies / positivist…

  3. Lately I’ve been working a lot with eScience methods, using collaboratively-developed analysis workflows to process large volumes of data from repositories. The tools allow me to create analyses that are replicable, self-documenting, easy to share, and modular for easy adaptation and repurposing of components. I’m specifically using Taverna Workbench to automate quantitative analyses in a variety of flavors, such as classification and dynamic social network analysis.

  4. I used both quantitative (questionnaires) and qualitative (interpretive) methods for my research studies. I adopted multimethod approach to triangulate my findings and thus obtain more reliable results.

  5. Andrea, Taverna Workbench sounds really interesting… can you please tell a bit more about it?

  6. Andrea, I would be interested in knowing more about Taverna and its link with Dynamic Social Networks…


  7. Israr & Peter, you might want to check out this working paper: In it, we describe our efforts to use these approaches in free/libre open source software research, presented as a case study in eScience methods. There’s also a nice pair of introductory screencasts that my colleague James Howison put together; the full 24-minute version is at and the shorter 14-minute version is at

    You can also see, download, and try out the workflows for the dynamic SNA study and one for a classification replication, for a hands-on view of Taverna:


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