How many interviews are enough? An analysis of the number of interview participants in organization and workplace journal articles

Organisation Studies

Speaker:Mark Saunders, University of Birmingham
Date: Wednesday 2 March 2016
Time: 14:30
Location: Pearson Teaching Room, Building One

Further details

Mark Saunders is Professor of Business Research Methods at the Birmingham Business School and Director of Postgraduate Research Methods Training for the College of Social Sciences at the University of Birmingham. He also holds visiting professorships at the Universities of Malta, Surrey and Worcester and is a Fellow of the British Academy of Management and a member of the Fellows' College. His research interests include research methods, in particular participants selection, methods for understanding organizational relationships; human resource aspects of the management of change, in particular trust within and between organizations and organizational learning; and small and medium sized enterprise (SME) success.

Throughout his academic career Mark has tried to ensure synergies between his research, teaching and consultancy work wherever possible. This is also reflected in his publications. HIs research has been published in journals including Field Methods, Human Relations, Journal of Personnel Psychology, Journal of Small Business Management, Management Learning and Social Science and Medicine. Mark has co-authored and edited a range of books including Research Methods for Business Students (currently in its seventh edition), Organizational Trust: a Cultural Perspective, Handbook of Research Methods on Trust (currently in its second edition), Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development and Doing Research in Business and Management. He is joint editor with Bill Lee and Vadake Narayanan of Sage’s Understanding Research Methods for Business and Management Students book series and editor for Edward Elgar’s Handbooks of Research Methods series.

Mark began his career in academia after a variety of research posts in UK local government. He lectured at the Gloucestershire Business School, University of Gloucestershire, in Research Methods and Human Resource Management between 1990 and 2001. During this period he was Head of the Human Resource Management Research Centre. He subsequently worked at Oxford Brookes University Business School between 2001 and 2009 where, alongside his research, he taught Research Methods and Methodology to masters and doctoral students. During this time he was Assistant Dean (Director of Research and Doctoral Programmes) and Professor of Business Research Methods. Between 2009 and 2015 Mark was Professor in Business Research Methods at the Surrey Business School, University of Surrey. He taught Research Methods and Methodology to masters and doctoral students and was Faculty Director of Postgraduate Research Programmes between 2011 and 2014.

Mark has a long-term interest in doctoral training and supervision, and has organised a range of doctoral summer schools, symposia and colloquia. Recent symposia and colloquia include those for the British Academy of Management and the University Forum for Human Resources Development. He has supervised and examined both PhDs and Professional Doctorates.