Army Qualitative Research – An Annotated Bibliography


  1. Finan, A.
  2. Flemming, S.
Corporate Authors
Defence Research and Development Canada, Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
As the human dimension of Army operations and missions has increased in relevance in recent years, so has the requirement of Operations Research (OR) support in the qualitative domain. Commanders and soldiers must seek to accomplish tasks involving considerable - if not central - human factors in both performance and success. Psychological, social, cultural, and political considerations animate all phases of Army domestic and international operations and missions, from planning through resolution. Traditional OR theory, methods, techniques, and tools are unsuited to the emerging environment, in which qualitative approaches are required in generating decision-support solutions. The most common example is the seminar wargame, in which groups of all-ranks multi-branch Army personnel undergo an experimental process intended to elicit from seminar groups new strategies for addressing a problem. This annotated bibliography will assemble needed published resources to inform forthcoming design of a foundational qualitative methodology for pragmatic employment in Army OR. In addition, this report will serve as a resource for Canadian Army Land Warfare Centre (CALWC) staff who will conduct data collection in support of multiple projects intending to define the future Army. The annotated bibliography that follows is organized around the gamut of qualitative approaches. These include Focus Groups, Intensive Interviews, Mixed Methods, and Surveys. While the focus is upon Army issues and r
qualitative data;social science methods;Army
Report Number
DRDC-RDDC-2016-C055 — Contract Report
Date of publication
01 Mar 2016
Number of Pages
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