The Integration of Qualitative Data Analysis Software in Research Strategies: Resistances and Possibilities


  • Sylvain Bourdon Université de Sherbrooke



qualitative analysis, computer-aided analysis, methodological innovation, QSR Nvivo, QSR NVivo merge


Even though dedicated qualitative data analysis programs have been widely available for more than a decade, their use is still relatively limited compared with their full potential. The proportion of research projects relying on them appears to be steadily increasing but very few researchers are known to fully exploit their capabilities. After commenting on the dynamics of user's adoption of technological innovations, this article presents an instance where a qualitative analysis program suite (QSR NVivo and QSR NVivo Merge) was not only used as an ad-hoc appendage to a traditional strategy but fully integrated in the research project, insisting on the practical details pertaining to the use of the software's capabilities. It discusses how this integration can facilitate collaborative teamwork and open the exploration of analytic dimensions difficult to envision without it. URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0202118


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Author Biography

Sylvain Bourdon, Université de Sherbrooke

Sylvain BOURDON is professor of education sociology and research methodology at Sherbrooke University (Quebec, Canada). His research focuses on the social aspects of the school—work relationship, particularly on youth's transition from school to work. His current work tackles such aspects of this field as youth's work in community organizations, marginalized youth and the written text and the evolution of training practices in organizations aiming at helping youth employment. He also acts as a consultant with many research teams on the integration of computer in the qualitative research process and he trains graduate students and researchers in the use of QSR Nud*Ist and NVivo software.




How to Cite

Bourdon, S. (2002). The Integration of Qualitative Data Analysis Software in Research Strategies: Resistances and Possibilities. Forum Qualitative Sozialforschung Forum: Qualitative Social Research, 3(2).