The E-Interview


  • Roberta Bampton Leeds Metropolitan University
  • Christopher J. Cowton Huddersfield University



e-interviews, e-mail, information and communication technologies (ICT), interviews


This paper builds on the authors' recent experience of interviewing by e-mail. It describes the principal characteristics of the "e-interview", as we term it, outlining the principal ways in which the e-interview differs from the more familiar method of face-to-face interviewing. Paying particular attention to issues relating to time, space and technology, the paper identifies the possible strengths and weaknesses of the e-interview. It discusses the potential of the e-interview as a research tool, perhaps as a complement to more established methods, and it aims to provide useful practical insights for researchers who might consider conducting e-interviews in the future. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs020295


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Author Biographies

Roberta Bampton, Leeds Metropolitan University

Roberta BAMPTON is Lecturer in Accounting at Leeds Metropolitan University. She is currently writing up her doctoral research on accounting ethics, for which she is registered at the University of Huddersfield. She has already published some of the results of that research in Business Ethics: A European Review and Teaching Business Ethics.

Christopher J. Cowton, Huddersfield University

Christopher J. COWTON is Professor of Accounting at Huddersfield University Business School. He has published in fields as diverse as philosophy and production engineering, but much of his current writing is focused on business ethics, especially pedagogy, research methods, and ethical aspects of accounting and finance.




How to Cite

Bampton, R., & Cowton, C. J. (2002). The E-Interview. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(2).