Gauttier, Stephanie (2021). A primer on Q-method and the study of technology. In Mehdi Khosrow-Pour (Ed.), Encyclopedia of information science and technology (5th ed., Vol. 3, pp. 1746-1756, Chap 120). Hershey PA: IGA Global. $37.50. ISBN13: 9781799834793, ISBN10: 1799834794

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Abstract: Qualitative methods are under-represented in the articles published by the main journals in Information Systems, which seem to privilege quantitative studies and statistical representativity of results, following the R logic. This chapter provides an in-depth description of Q-method and demonstrates how its use could be beneficial to studies of technology and could reinforce the transparency and validity of other qualitative methods. The focus of this chapter lies in explaining how Q-method works, so that readers are equipped to set up their own Q-studies. It is based on prior literature and ongoing reflections being held by Q-methodologists online.

Stéphanie Gauttier <> is in the Grenoble École de Management, Grenoble, France.