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I am completing my doctoral dissertation using both SNA and Mind Mapping (an
qualitative method), both heuristic. I hope published my thesis around june this
I use a situational approach. For this approach I think that SNA is not enough
to elicite tacit and informal but combined with MM it is both very powerfull and
facilitating response rate.
Among others, my sample is small (under 30) but representing over 50% of an
homogen population. I used a MindMap ("moi et les autres") to encourage
respondant to identify persons and after that to respond to a questionaire based
on Cross et Parker (2004) (everage of 5 named persons by respondant; response
rate 95%). This MM and questionnaire followed an individual one hour open
interview (critical incident and cognitive interview) (average 5 others named
persons by respondant, response rate 91%).
Last year I give an communication about tacit and informal elicitation with
those two visualization techniques. I will replicate this presentation the 27
april at Montreal near the ACM CHI2006 (http://www.chi2006.org)
For more information or text, please contact me privately or see my website and
P.S. The subject of my dissertation is "how municipal managers transfer tacit
knowledge in coordination situations"
Diane Mercier, b., M.Sc.A.
Candidate au doctorat en sciences de l'information (Gestion des connaissances),
Université de Montréal.
Pionnière du Web montréalais. «Quand dire, c'est faire» (Austin, 1970)
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> Dear all,
> Does anyone know any research that has used a qualitative approach to
> elicite social networks of a population? If so, could you give me the
> citations? Or is it possible or appropriate at all to study social
> networks using qualitative methods and a small sample (e.g. 30-50)?
> Thanks a lot!
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