The responsibilities of a semistructured interviewer

Bruce Fortado
  • Employee Responsibilities and Rights Journal, March 1990, Springer Science + Business Media
  • DOI: 10.1007/bf01384762

What is it about?

Semistructured interviewing lies on a spectrum of possibilities between doing an oral survey and carrying out non-directive interviewing. The tradeoffs and practical challenges of this type of interviewing are discussed. Four case examples are provided to ground the discussion. Ethical procedures are put forth with regard to the process of gaining participation and consent, establishing positions and justifications, and responsibly reporting findings.

Why is it important?

Historically, protecting the rights of the respondents has received the most attention. One should also consider the rights of organizations, other employees and managers who are not present, the researcher and society at large. The analysis reveals ethical procedures are not just passive safeguards. These practices play a central role in producing accurate and useful results.

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