Conceptual Model in a Qualitative Research project
When using a deductive case study approach, researchers often choose a qualitative research design in which they develop a conceptual model. The aim of the qualitative research project is to carry out an in-depth analysis of the relationships between the concepts of this conceptual model. There are major differences between the elaboration of a conceptual model in quantitative and qualitative research projects. These differences concern both the process of operationalization , which is the specification of core concepts into indicators or topics, and the selection of the methods of data collection and data analysis . In a qualitative research project, the set of decisions that a researcher needs to make in the process of operationalization will lead to a set of recordable but not necessarily measurable topics. For example, in a practice-oriented research project the researcher aims at clarifying the effects of two topics, Career Perspective and Sense of Responsibility, ...