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Focus group interviewing in China: Language, culture, and sensemaking

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This paper explores the use of foreign languages in qualitative focus group research in China. I focus on language, culture, and sensemaking from a point of view, which presents language as being context and time specific. While this has been examined recently in the field of International Business, it has not been discussed within International Entrepreneurship and with regard to focus groups. My findings show that shared meaning can be constructed in focus groups across different languages and locations but depends on the use of cultural insiders and resources. This leads us to new levels of understanding within International Entrepreneurship. Copyright Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2006

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  • Lorraine Watkins-Mathys, 2006. "Focus group interviewing in China: Language, culture, and sensemaking," Journal of International Entrepreneurship, Springer, vol. 4(4), pages 209-226, December.
  • Handle: RePEc:kap:jinten:v:4:y:2006:i:4:p:209-226
    DOI: 10.1007/s10843-007-0006-2
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    Focus groups; Language; Culture; Sensemaking; China;

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