Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies

Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies

Natalie Sappleton (Manchester Metropolitan University, UK)
Indexed In: SCOPUS
Release Date: April, 2013|Copyright: © 2013 |Pages: 408
ISBN13: 9781466639188|ISBN10: 1466639180|EISBN13: 9781466639195|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-3918-8


Advancing digital technologies continue to shape all aspects of our society, with particular impact on the professional research community. These new and exciting developments offer considerable advantages in terms of speed, access connectivity, and economy.

Advancing Research Methods with New Technologies examines the applicability and usefulness of new technologies, as well as the pitfalls of these methods in academic research practices. This book serves as a practical guide for designing and conducting research projects for scientists of all disciplines ranging from graduate students to professors and practitioners.

Topics Covered

The many academic areas covered in this publication include, but are not limited to:

  • Computer-Mediated Communication
  • Internet Surveys
  • New Media Technology
  • Online Research
  • Online Virtual Environments
  • Technology in Research
  • Thematic Network Analysis

Reviews and Testimonials

In a collection of case studies, social scientists — including psychologists and business scholars — survey new digital technologies that offer researchers in those fields considerable advantage in terms of speed, access connectivity, and economy. Considering both quantitative and qualitative approaches, they discuss such topics as the co-creation of the city, measuring wages worldwide: the potential and constraints of volunteer web surveys, conducting semi-structured interviews with avatars and what can be learned about their human operators, web-base diaries for data collection from adult participants with autistic spectrum disorder, and using multimedia stimulus materials in an electronic interview to gain in-depth responses from professionals.

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Author(s)/Editor(s) Biography

Natalie Sappleton is a Lecturer in Management at Manchester Metropolitan University, Manchester, UK. Natalie graduated from the University of Glasgow in 2002 with First Class Honours in Economics and Politics and from Manchester Metropolitan University in 2008 with a Masters degree in Research Methods. Her PhD thesis, The Segregation Stereotyping Bind: Gendered Social Networks and Resource Acquisition among Men And Women Business Owners in Gender Typical and Atypical Sectors applies gender role congruency theory to a study of entrepreneurship and social capital. Her research interests include gender (in)equalities and the labour market, social networks, and Internet research methods.