Using metaphor to analyse qualitative data: vulcans and humans in software development

Woodman, Mark and Hovenden, Fiona and Sharp, Helen (2005) Using metaphor to analyse qualitative data: vulcans and humans in software development. Empirical Software Engineering, 10 (3). pp. 343-365. ISSN 1573-7616

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Abstract

This paper develops an earlier study which uncovered tensions in the adoption and evolution of Software Quality Management Systems. It reports on the use of a metaphor-based qualitative analysis method, an innovation in this field. We describe a case where applying a metaphor to a set of field study situations resulted in the development of more general statements that were shown to be applicable to a new situation. We conclude that using a metaphor to interpret qualitative data can provide new insights that may be more general than the original individual observations. This is a significant finding in this field.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Computer and Communications Engineering
ISI Impact: 2
Item ID: 59
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Date Deposited: 15 Oct 2008 14:18
Last Modified: 07 Dec 2015 17:50
URI: http://eprints.mdx.ac.uk/id/eprint/59

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