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to “an additional piece to the puzzle” (Knafl and Breitmayer 1991). Qualitative researchers also aim for theoretical saturation (Glaser 1992). Theoretical saturation is achieved when new data does not reveal any new relevant information or themes. This determines the end of the data collection (Glaser 1992). Figure 5.3 summarises the tools used to ensure the quality of the case study research.
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138 Figure 5.3: Tools Used to Ensure the Quality of the Research Project in this Thesis Test Case study tactics used in this thesis Transferability Usefulness Rigorous description of context (background chapter), aided by theoretical framework Credibility Triangulation of o multiple sources of evidence: interviews with different individuals documents from different sources o use of well-established and complementary methods, including case study method historic methods thematic three level coding o investigators review by other researchers and key informants Reflexivity Thick description Examination of and comparison with previous research findings Dependability Detailed description of data collection, analysis and presentation Reflective appraisal Confirmability Case study protocol, audit trail o Raw data (electronic copies of all data, including audio recordings and transcription of interviews) o Analysis notes (NVivo coding) o Reconstruction and synthesis notes (NVivo coding) o Process description Review of data collection, presentation and analysis by other researchers and key interviewees Coherence Development, application and assessment of theoretical framework Review by independent researchers and key participants of the research project Completeness Theoretical saturation Multiple data sources Data triangulation 5.5 DATA This section details the collection, analysis and interpretation of data. There are two main sources of data for this thesis. They are semi-structured in-depth interviews (discussed in section 5.5.1) and archival and other documents (discussed in section 5.5.2). Section 5.5.3 explains how the data is then linked to the research question in an analytic process using technical tools, analytical strategies, and analytical techniques. It is treated separately from the interpretive narration creation, which is elaborated in section 5.5.4. The findings in narrative form are presented in Chapters 6 to 8.
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139 5.5.1 Data collection: Semi-structured in-depth interviews In-depth semi-structured interviews were the primary source of data to answer the research questions. As the events under consideration occurred up to twenty years ago, these interviews can be classified as oral histories. A purposeful sampling method was employed in the selection of interview partners and interview questions (Patton 1990). In particular, snowball or chain and theory-based sampling were employed. The selection of interview partners was based on their involvement in the GAAP/GFS harmonisation agenda setting process. Initial interviewees were chosen because their participation and influence were known by the researcher through involvement in the GAAP/GFS standard setting process.
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