Social Research Methods
Boruch & Cecil (1979) point out that in both the questionnaire method and the interviews. The issues of confidentiality may arise. This is when the subjects are concerned that their responses may be given or passed on to other researchers and more studies. This may reveal their identity, which they may not want. As per Dean (1996) in the questionnaire it is still better, as the questionnaire does not require the subject to give out his personal details like his name and designation or the telephone number. Moreover Cassell (1982b, pp.7–31) add that his email address should also not be shared or it would encourage spam mail and this would deter the subjects to participate in the research. To make the subjects more comfortable, they should be assured that their personal information will not be shared with anyone else and it will be solely for the purpose of this research only. Bryman (2001) adds that this is very crucial for the hr managers as they would not want their firm or others to know that they are giving out information about the way their firms tries to retain its expatriate employees. Cassell (1982a, pp.144–162) add that it is nothing illegal yet they may not want to be involved in such a research unless the expatriates and the hr managers are given the full assurance that it is only for this research and the data will not be passed on.
Boruch & Cecil (1979) add that in the interview method, the subjects also have to be given a similar assurance and that their responses will be safe and secured. Moreover, Dean (1996) adds that the researcher also has to assure them that their responses will not be shared with other subjects, which could also deter them from participating.