To allow comparisons to be made on dimensions of theoretical interest, Menai Insight has developed representations that capturing the meaning of essentially every sentence in our focus areas.
Through substantial qualitative consideration of the text, identifying themes and similarities between the sentences (e.g., Glaser and Strauss, 1967; Ryan and Bernard, 2003), we developed data-structures that represent essentially everything that is discussed within a particular communication medium.
These data structures provide the basis for us to represent every sentence in our focus areas into dedicated data structures that capture substantively all of the information in the text.
Overview: The Managerial Background analysis tool enables researchers to examine how top managers and directors present their backgrounds to organizational stakeholders. By capturing a rich representation of the specific information in each sentence of a manager's background, the ontologies allow researchers to examine.
- Positions: Positions that a manager has had
- Qualifications: Educational achievements
- Professional Licenses: Professional or legal licenses, such as the CPA designations
- Experiences: Qualitative description of experiences
- Background Information: Such as a manager's name/salutation
Overview: Our Committee Activities tool captures a detailed representation of sentences describing the activities that the committees engage in. This includes:
- Activities: Descriptions of activities engaged in by the committee, including justification of why decisions were made.
- Numbers of Meetings: How many meetings a committee held.
- Meeting Attendance: Proportion of meetings that a manager attended.
- Membership Status Determination: Determinations of independence and financial literacy.
The performance evaluation tool captures a representation of managerial performance evaluations, including descriptions of the considerations impacting compensation.
Glaser, B., and A. Strauss
1967 The Discovery of Grounded Theory: Strategies for Qualitative Research. New Brunswick: Aldine Transaction. (see on Amazon)
Ryan, G. W., and H. R. Bernard
2003 “Techniques to identify themes.” Field Methods, 15: 85–109.