BIROn - Birkbeck Institutional Research Online

    Autopilot? A reflexive review of the piloting process in qualitative e-research

    Pritchard, Katrina and Whiting, Rebecca (2012) Autopilot? A reflexive review of the piloting process in qualitative e-research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management 7 (3), pp. 338-353.

    QROM Autopilot BIRON version.pdf - Author's Accepted Manuscript

    Download (562kB) | Preview


    Purpose: This paper examines an oft-neglected aspect of qualitative research practice – conducting a pilot – using the innovative approach of ‘e-research’ to generate both practical and methodological insights. Approach: Using the authors’ ‘e-research’ pilot as a reflexive case study, key methodological issues are critically reviewed. This review is set in a broader context of the qualitative methods literature in which piloting appears largely as an implicit practice. Using a new and emerging approach (‘e-research’) provides a prompt to review our ‘autopilot’ tendencies and offers a new lens for analysing research practice. Findings: We find that despite an initial focus on ‘practical’ aspects of data collection within our ‘e-research’, the pilot opened up a range of areas for further consideration. We review research ethics, collaborative research practices and data management issues specifically for e-research but also reflect more broadly on potential implications for piloting within other research designs. Practical implications: We aim to offer both practical and methodological insights for qualitative researchers, whatever their methodological orientation, so that they might develop approaches for piloting that are appropriate to their own research endeavours. More specifically, we offer tentative guidance to those venturing into the emerging area of ‘e-research’. Value: This paper offers insight into an oft-ignored aspect of qualitative research, whilst also engaging in emerging area of methodological interest.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Age, E-research, Pilot, Reflexivity, Research methods, Research work
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Katrina Pritchard
    Date Deposited: 30 Apr 2013 09:57
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:03


    Activity Overview
    6 month trend
    6 month trend

    Additional statistics are available via IRStats2.

    Archive Staff Only (login required)

    Edit/View Item Edit/View Item