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Combining problem structuring methods to conduct applied research: a mixed methods approach to studying fitness-to-drive in the UK

Hindle, G. A.; Franco, L. A.; Hindle, Giles; Franco, Alberto

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Dr Giles Hindle Giles.Hindle@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for MSc Business Analytics

L. A. Franco

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Dr Giles Hindle Giles.Hindle@hull.ac.uk
Senior Lecturer and Programme Director for MSc Business Analytics

Alberto Franco

Abstract

This paper describes a mixed methods approach using problem structuring methods to conduct applied research into fitness-to-drive arrangements within the UK Department for Transport. Computer-supported group causal mapping was used to collect and structure qualitative data from stakeholder groups concerning the delivery of medical standards on fitness-to-drive. The data were subsequently coded and analysed using the modelling language of soft systems methodology. This enabled data to be linked to the concept of a fitness-to-drive system and developed further in the form of systems models based on alternative worldviews. The paper reports on the process of developing and implementing the approach and discusses issues concerning the conduct of mixed methods research using problem structuring methods. © 2009 Operational Research Society Ltd. All rights reserved.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2009
Journal Journal Of The Operational Research Society
Print ISSN 0160-5682
Electronic ISSN 1476-9360
Publisher Taylor & Francis
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 60
Issue 12
Pages 1637-1648
Institution Citation Hindle, G. A., & Franco, L. A. (2009). Combining problem structuring methods to conduct applied research: a mixed methods approach to studying fitness-to-drive in the UK. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 60(12), 1637-1648. https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2008.125
DOI https://doi.org/10.1057/jors.2008.125
Keywords Marketing; Management Science and Operations Research; Strategy and Management; Management Information Systems