The specificities of interviewing in China

Torres de Oliveira, Rui and Figueira, Sandra (2018) The specificities of interviewing in China. Qualitative Market Research, 21 1: 118-134. doi:10.1108/QMR-11-2016-0117

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Author Torres de Oliveira, Rui
Figueira, Sandra
Title The specificities of interviewing in China
Journal name Qualitative Market Research   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1352-2752
Publication date 2018-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1108/QMR-11-2016-0117
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 1
Start page 118
End page 134
Total pages 17
Place of publication Bingley, United Kingdom
Publisher Emerald Publishing Limited
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The purpose of this paper is to guide future researchers and practitioners into the process of interviewing in the Chinese context.

The methodology used is an empirical critical reflection.

The authors identified 11 major themes such as how to get an interview, antecedents of the interview, building rapport, complexity, language, interview settings, interview procedure, stages, probing and sensitive topics, selection of respondents and post-interview.

Research limitations/implications
The location of the interviews.

Practical implications
Guide foreigner researchers and managers on how to conduct interviews in China.

Social implications
The context matters, and only with a specific approach some can perform well and achieve the interview objectives. Doing so, the researcher or practitioner will not create situations that might be problematic for her/him and the interviewee. Based on the above, the authors’ research decreases potential social tensions that interview situations can create.

To the best of the authors’ knowledge, no other researcher has studied the specificities of interviewing in China, which brings originality and value to the authors’ research.
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