What Keeps High Achieving Women from Choosing Executive Positions: V. Method and Research Design
The researcher was the tenth interviewee since she matched the criteria and would be adding her perspective to the collected data, particularly when it came to determining the possible negative impact of the behavior of the women on those who make leadership decisions in corporations. The researcher provided the questions for her interview to a coaching colleague who is also working on a phenomenological dissertation. This interview was completed before the survey and interview results were sorted so her responses could be included. Following the interviews, an online survey was created and sent to the remaining 65 women to verify the themes found in the interviews. The response rate for the survey was 57%, with 37 women completing the survey. This high response rate for an online survey gives credibility to the process (Hamilton, 2003).
The demographical breakdown of the women showed a diverse sample. Some of the factors included:
INTERVIEWS—One woman age 29, three women in their thirties, three women in their forties and three women in their early fifties.
SURVEY—One woman age 28, twelve women in their thirties, fifteen women in their forties and six women in their early fifties. Three of the women did not answer this question.