Qualitative Organizational Research: Best Papers from the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research, Volume 1

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Kimberly D. Elsbach
IAP, 2005 - Law - 258 pages
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Over the past five years the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research has welcomed research projects by the very best qualitative, organizational researchers in the world. This conference has helped authors develop and hone theoretical ideas in an environment friendly to qualitative methods, and more importantly, has begun to build a community of qualitative researchers that work on organizational and management issues. The authors winning the Best Presentation Awards at the Davis Conference over the past five years have contributed chapters to this volume. The ideas in these chapters were born before the conference, but were nurtured through dialogue at the conference, and subsequently matured through later interactions among the community of qualitative scholars associated with the conference. As such, this volume represents the fruits of our collective labor as a qualitative research community. This collective and iterative process is a hallmark of qualitative methods, and often leads to a counter-intuitive, ah-hah experience for the researcher. This volume showcases some of the very best of those ah-hah experiences from the organizational, qualitative research community.

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Introduction Weird Ideas from Qualitative Research
The Politics of Knowledge Work in a Software Development Group
The Rules and Resources that Generate the Dynamic Capability for Sustained Product Innovation
Reexamining the Link Between Organizational Image and Member Attraction On the Positive Uses of Negative Organizational Stories in Recruiting ...
Strategies and Struggles The Governance of US Collegiate Athletics
Understanding Group Behavior How a Police SWAT Team Creates Changes and Manages Group Routines
How Nonprofits Close Using Narratives to Study Organizational Processes
Information Prices and Sensemaking in Financial Futures Trading
Learning from Women Who Make it Work A Call for Dynamic Flexibility
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