A Two-Day Training Session
Taught by Ben Meehan
January 7-8, EMLYON Business School


The objective of the course is to equip the group with enough knowledge to enable people to begin their project using a computer-aided methodology.


The balance of day 1 (building your database) is conceptual and covers many planning decisions associated with gathering, importing and coding your qualitative data in a database environment. There is a practical element to the day. By the end of the workshop participants will understand the advantages and limitations of using a computer for qualitative data analyses and will know how to set-up a database, how to import data and how to code data. They will also understand the potential of NVivo as a tool for organising, questioning and reporting on the data so that they can truly support and defend their findings.

The objective of day 2 is to conduct a piece of analysis using raw data and a research question. By the end of the session, the participants will have:

  1. Set up a database with a robust architecture
  2. Analysed the data using queries and manual analysis where appropriate
  3. Reported on the findings

Finally, there will be an open session at the end of the workshop to facilitate people who wish to work with their own data which will also provide the opportunity for a question and answer dialogue where all parties to the workshop can learn from each other


Ben Meehan worked in industry for twenty six years. For the past eleven years he has worked as an independent consultant in support of computer aided qualitative data analysis projects (CAQDAS). A graduate of the Irish Management Institute and Dublin Business School he is also a member of the part-time staff in Trinity College Dublin, NUI Galway, NUI Maynooth and Dublin City University. He has worked in all of the major universities and Institutes of Technology in Ireland and Northern Ireland. His work outside of the educational sector includes major global companies such as Intel where he consults in support of their on-going ethnographic research and the Centre for Global Health where he has recently worked in Tanzania, Malawi and Mozambique (2009) and in Ghana, Burkina Faso and Tanzania with the University of Heidelberg (2010) and Ethiopia for the Ethiopian Public Health Association (2011). Apart from Africa, Ben has regularly conducted workshops in Germany, France, UK, Northern Ireland, the US (Maryland, 2011) and Australia. Ben is 54 years of age, married with two children and lives in Dublin, Ireland. He is passionately interested in technology and its utilisation in everyday life to enable people to do things more easily, efficiently and better generally.

As the name implies, these seminars are:

  • open. Although part of EMLYON Ph.D. program, these seminars are also opened to Ph.D. students and faculty members from other institutions. The fee for other institutions is €200 for PhD students and €400 for faculty members.
  • intensive. These high level doctoral seminars consist in intensive training courses about very specialized topics, representative of HEC scientific research community.

For additional information about the seminar, and to register, send an email message to Ms. Catherine Perrier: perrier@em-lyon.com