MBA Evidence-Based Innovation

When Should Business Schools Engage Focus Groups or In-Depth Interviews?

Posted on May 15, 2012 9:00:00 AM


Have you ever wished you could get inside the heads of people in your target audience?  To hear what words people use to describe their perceptions of your brand?  To see patterns in how people assess your value proposition?  To learn how your offerings bring meaning to their lives?

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Tags: Qualitative Research, In-depth Interviews, Joyce Kurpiers, Focus Groups

Business School In-Depth Interviews: Getting Detailed Stakeholder Insight

Posted on May 3, 2012 8:47:00 AM

Sometimes privacy issues, sensitive topics, or the need for very in-depth information make one-on-one conversations with research participants more appropriate or fruitful than focus group sessions (e.g., when MBA applicants’ privacy requirements discourage group sessions).  That’s when business schools will opt for in-depth interviews (IDIs) as an excellent research strategy.

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Tags: Qualitative Research, In-depth Interviews, Joyce Kurpiers

Business School Qualitative Research: How many people should you interview?

Posted on Feb 9, 2011 9:15:00 AM

Core to the success of a higher education market research study is method of sampling -- a sample is a group of people drawn at random from all those people who are in your chosen market. If a researcher does not design the right sampling plan, then the research results will likely be inaccurate; thus, the right design is a key, first critical step in defining a research study.

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Tags: Dinesh Mathew, Qualitative Research, In-depth Interviews, Sample Size