Sounding out a research site

8 November 2004

One of the more difficult things to do when carrying out research is to negotiate entry into a research site (especially when carrying out case research, which is what I hope to do). Fortunately, Nigel Haworth provided me with an introduction to the Chairman of my “ideal’ participant organisation.

So today, I met with the Chairman and we had an interesting discussion about the firm and my interests and how those my intersect. I’m really keen to do research with this firm as they would be a rich source of data—and they are large enough to be interesting to an international audience.

What’s more, I think I might be able to provide them with some value too. So we could all win from this. Anyway, I’m back their next week as we continue the process of “entry’.