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Thorough, enagaging - useful for new researchers as well as experienced professionals. Great basis for team workshopping.

By D. Stuart "Researcher at Kudos" - January 15, 2006

Hy Mariampolski is an inspiring man - and both generous and energetic in spreading the word about qualitative techniques and ethnography. It is refreshing to read such a well-written guide without having all the self-promotional baggage that litters too many practitioners handbooks.

For a start, I find his history of qualitative techniques a great place to start this volume. As a synopsis of our professional history this is colourful, accurate and useful in contextualising why researchers do what they do.

He then rolls through the big questions - when to use qualitative research, which techniques to choose, the planning of projects (including a thorough section of choosing & screening respondents) and then the juicy section: running interviews or focus groups.

Here, Mariampolski makes us feel right at home. He's instructive without being didactic, and he speaks in a common-sense manner, peppering his advice with pertinent examples and a few... read more

FIVE WHYS BEFORE ONE HOW !

By Rodney Blanckenberg - September 8, 2007

The break-through Japanese management researcher Ishikawa,What Is Total Quality Control?: The Japanese Way (Business Management) whose work was popular in the West in the 1960's as the 'Fish Bone' Diagramme, had a rule. Before you asked 'how'(you were to do anything) first you exhausted the 'why' (it should be done at all or on a particular project or at a particular time).

We have to disclose up-front that One Big Idea Consulting Limited NZ has been training and educating managements around the globe at board level in the Ishikawa philosophy for two decades... as it applies to marketing research, creative branding and intergrated R&D. We are biased. No doubt about that.Guide to Quality Control Ishikawa has legs into the 21st century !

This Ishikawa focus, highlights the flaw of this otherwise quite decent novice guide... read more

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