Can team building be measured? Quantitatively?
I have been re-evaluating my consulting effect on team building within organizations, working with a process to determine qualitative vs. quantitative data to ensure that the path I am following with teams is the most effective that it can be.
I came across a resource on Qualitative vs. Quantitative Research.
– The aim is a complete, detailed description.
– The researcher may only know roughly in advance what he/she is looking for.
– Recommended during earlier phases of research projects.
– The design emerges as the study unfolds.
– The researcher is the data gathering instrument.
– Data is in the form of words, pictures or objects.
– Subjective – individuals’ interpretation of events is important,e.g., uses participant observation, in- depth interviews etc.
– Qualitative data is more ‘rich’, time-consuming, and less able to be generalized.
– Researcher tends to become subjectively immersed in the subject matter.
– The aim is to classify features, count them, and construct statistical models in an attempt to explain what is observed.
– Researcher knows clearly in advance what he/she is looking for.
– Recommended during latter phases of research projects.
– All aspects of the study are carefully designed before data is collected.
– Researcher uses tools, such as questionnaires or equipment to collect numerical data.
– Data is in the form of numbers and statistics.
– Objective – seeks precise measurement & analysis of target concepts, e.g., uses surveys, questionnaires, etc.
– Quantitative data is more efficient, able to test hypotheses, but may miss a contextual detail.
– Researcher tends to remain objectively separated from the subject matter.
Quantitative research involves analysis of numerical data.
The personality/ thinking style of the researcher and the culture of the organization is under-recognized as a key factor in the preferred choice of methods.