Achieving data saturation: evidence from a qualitative study of job satisfaction / Mohd Aliff Abdul Majid … [et al.]

Abdul Majid, Mohd Aliff and Othman, Mohhidin and Mohamad, Siti Fatimah and Abdul Halim Lim, Sarina (2018) Achieving data saturation: evidence from a qualitative study of job satisfaction / Mohd Aliff Abdul Majid … [et al.]. Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ), 15 (2). pp. 65-77. ISSN 1675-7017


The concept of saturation is deemed necessary in qualitative research; however, existing literature discussing the point of saturation is relatively scant. Previous qualitative studies tend to describe the point of saturation but fail to demonstrate how the saturation occurred. This article provides evidence on how qualitative research might report the point of data saturation. The original study consists of a mixed method approach to develop and validate an instrument for measuring offshore catering employees’ job satisfaction. Notably, this paper reports a part of the qualitative portion of a mixed-method study. Using the data from a study involving 13 in-depth, semi-structured interviews, this study documents the degree of data saturation over the course of thematic analysis and demonstrates how data saturation was operationalised. Although the study reported 13 interviews, the saturation occurred within 12 interviews. The study findings are not extensively discussed; however, adequate information about the study background, data collection and sample characteristics are included. The technique presented in this paper provides practical guidance for qualitative researchers in reporting point of saturation. However, it is recommended that the evidence of data saturation occurred after 12 interviews should be applied with caution due to several factors.


Item Type: Article
CreatorsEmail / ID. Num
Abdul Majid, Mohd AliffUNSPECIFIED
Othman, MohhidinUNSPECIFIED
Mohamad, Siti FatimahUNSPECIFIED
Abdul Halim Lim, SarinaUNSPECIFIED
Subjects: H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General) > Research > Statistical methods
Divisions: Universiti Teknologi MARA, Shah Alam > Research Management Centre (RMC)
Journal or Publication Title: Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ)
Journal: UiTM Journal > Social and Management Research Journal (SMRJ)
ISSN: 1675-7017
Volume: 15
Number: 2
Page Range: pp. 65-77
Official URL:
Item ID: 23517
Uncontrolled Keywords: Data; Saturation; Qualitative study; Job satisfaction


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