Q-sort offers a powerful, theoretically grounded, and quantitative tool for examining opinions and attitudes. This article provides clear guidelines in an effort to facilitate successful understanding and application of Q-sort. Following a description of the steps of Q-sorting, an example Q-sort of MIS professors on the topic of PhD preparation is presented. The example includes details of Web-based data collection and data analysis using freeware tools. The use of Q-sorting in MIS research and issues surrounding the use of Q-sort are discussed.
Thomas, Dominic M. and Watson, Richard T.
"Q-sorting and MIS Research: A Primer,"
Communications of the Association for Information Systems:
Vol. 8, Article 9.
Available at: http://aisel.aisnet.org/cais/vol8/iss1/9