Observations of supervisors and an actuarial research student on the qualitative research process

Du, J., Bruhn, A., and Whiting, B., 2020, Accounting & Finance, 60(3), 2339-2360.

We report on lessons and insights concerning an interview‐based, qualitative research thesis undertaken by an honours year university student in actuarial studies, who had no previous experience with qualitative research. Motivations and the need for research of this nature are provided in depth. Observations are presented on key areas of the research process, from the perspective of both research student and supervisors. This informs future students who may be considering qualitative research, who have not previously engaged in this approach. It also informs supervisors in predominantly quantitative disciplines who may be unfamiliar with some of the nuances of interview‐based approaches.