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‘Renqing’ in conducting interviews with Chinese business people: Insights from a returning researcher

Wang, Yue (2014) ‘Renqing’ in conducting interviews with Chinese business people: Insights from a returning researcher. Field Research Method Lab Blog (17 Apr 2014). Blog Entry.

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Abstract

This contribution explores the complex impact of ‘Renqing’ (human feelings) on conducting elite interviews in China. Over 50 intensive semi-structured interviews relating to the procurement shifts by leading retail transnational corporations (TNCs) in the Chinese market had been carried out between 2010 and 2011. As the majority of interviewees were reached by the recommendation of the researcher’s social networks, reflections on the relationships among the researcher, researched and recommenders are necessary. As a particular guide of social behaviours in the Chinese society, Renqing is therefore proposed as the theoretical framework to explain the challenges and issues occurred in the fieldwork process, from access to respondents, undertaking interviews to follow-up communications, writes Yue Wang.

Item Type: Online resource (Blog Entry)
Official URL: http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/fieldresearch/
Additional Information: © 2014 The Author(s); Online
Divisions: LSE
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Sets: Collections > Field Research Method Lab Blog
Date Deposited: 09 Jun 2017 11:01
Last Modified: 20 Feb 2019 15:40
URI: http://eprints.lse.ac.uk/id/eprint/80706

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