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3.3.3 Finding and defining the target audience
As this study is exploratory, no underlying theoretical models are assumed. i.e., No assumptions about theoretically-grounded relations exist. Consistent with the exploratory nature of this study and because it was hoped to get a rich analysis of real-life cases, different methods of approaching people where used. The target audience is defined based on the previously explained concept of a remote worker. People will be approached through e-mailing companies and Facebook groups. The questionnaire data is accomplished through a primary source, using Google Forms as a tool. An e-mail is sent to approximately 150 companies, who have a remote work-style. The companies where selected from different sources, to prevent finding only similar companies. On different Facebook pages for remote workers and digital nomads, the questionnaire was posted as well. To reach different people, for example freelancers.
3.3.4 Carrying out the questionnaire to remote workers
The candidates are able to fill in the form when ever they want to. The format is made in Google Froms, with the setting that no personal data is needed. No personal data is needed for this research, and it is expected that it will scare people when asked for personal information.
3.3.5 Analyzing the data
The collected data is observed and data impurities will be cleaned. People have the opportunity the fill out ’Others’, which can result in unusable data. The decision is made, to give people this opportunity, to really be able to explain their feelings and not force them into pre-filled options. If possible, the data will be translated to the given options, if not, the data will be deleted or translated to ’Others’. The cleaned data will be analyzed and visualized using Weka and Tableau.
3.3.6 Based on the found data, creating interview questionnaire
In order to structure the interviews, the choice was made to use qualitative semi-structured interviews (Drever, 1995). A special set of questions related to the context, scope, ect. of the project were asked in these interview based on the knowledge obtained in the questionnaire. The interview is structured based on three parts. The questions used in the interview are divided in the same categories as the in the Questionnaire.
At the end of the questionnaire their is a question if people want to contribute to an interview. The people selected for the interview is based on the percentages found in the interviews. The people are selected on the answered ’General information’ questions of the questionnaire. A similar deviation is tried to keep. For example, when the percentage male was around 70 in the survey, this 70 % is tried to be the same in the interviews.
3.3.7 Doing a pilot interview to check the applicability of the questionnaire in a real-life context
The first interview is treated as a pilot. In this interview the main focus is on the reaction of a candidate to the questions. Conducting a pilot study does not guarantee success in the main study, but it does increase the likelihood. Pilot studies fulfill a range of important functions and can provide valuable insights for other researchers (van Teijlingen & Hundley, 2001).
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