Both the qualitative and the quantitative business research methods are used in project management.
Appreciative Inquiry or AI is one of the key business research methods widely used for developing the organization through effective project management. This method uses a different form of questioning for the project manager, stakeholders and the project team. The questions are asked to understand the right structure that helps to maintain the overall organizational value. The theory also suggests one avoids wasting time on fixing things if they are not going to add any value to the projects.
This method works through four key processes:
Identify: Discover the key processes that work best for the project
Envision: Forecast the impact of these processes whether they work well for the overall organizational growth in the future
Process Planning: Plan and prioritize processes that are really necessary for the project
Deliver: Execute the proposed processes
Through the appreciative inquiry method, organizations aim at seeing the best in a person, a situation, a project and as a whole to successfully achieve project and organizational goals. By using this method efficiently, you can find solutions to many of your project issues.