Concourse Theory, Q-methodology, and Q-sort Applications for Blockchain and Bitcoin
from 03:30 PM to 05:00 PM
Concourse Theory is a theory of communicability, which proposes Q-methodology as a foundation for the scientific study of subjectivity. As such, Q-methodology is appropriate for research questions that involve peoples' subjective priorities, such as belief and value systems, preferences, and decision-making, to name a few. Q-method may be applied to a single person, by the administration of several q-sorts under different conditions of instruction, or groups of people, by obtaining q-sorts from each member of the group. Q-method provides empirically rigorous statistics, thereby straddling the quantitative-qualitative boundary. Hence, Q-method may be applied to case study research for single or multiple cases, either interpretive or theory-testing designs, or grounded theory, and also supports either structured, semi-structured, or unstructured interview methods. The workshop will focus on developing a q-sort instrument to be used for the study of blockchain and Bitcoin, and will cover: 1) Concourse definition, 2) Concourse sampling and q-statement development, 3) Administering q-sorts, 4) Using PQMethod to enter and analyze data, 5) Interpreting the PQMethod output file.
Steve Wingreen, from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems in the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, is currently visiting UCD Business.