Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Current Challenges

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Gillian Symon, Catherine Cassell
SAGE, Mar 26, 2012 - Social Science - 544 pages
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This comprehensive text brings together in one volume both consideration of the core methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis, and discussion of common challenges faced by all researchers in conducting qualitative research.

Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Common Challenges contains 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the area. The first part of the volume considers common challenges in the design and execution of qualitative research, examining key contemporary debates in each area as well as providing practical advice for those undertaking organizational research. The second part of the volume looks at contemporary uses of core qualitative methods in organizational research, outlining each method and illustrating practical application through empirical examples.

Written by internationally renowned experts in qualitative research methods, this text is an accessible and essential resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, business and management research, and organizational psychology.

Key features:

• Coverage of all the key topics in qualitative research

• Chapters written by experts drawing on their personal experiences of using methods

• Introductory chapters outlining the context for qualitative research and the philosophies which underpin it

 

Gillian Symon is Reader in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.

 

Catherine Cassell is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester Business School.

 

 

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Contents

The Context of Qualitative Organizational Research
1
PART I THE ISSUES AND CHALLENGES OF QUALITATIVE INQUIRY IN ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH
13
2 Philosophies Underpinning Qualitative Research
15
3 Choosing Research Participants
35
4 Researching Your Own Organization
53
5 Reflexivity in Qualitative Research
72
6 Ethical Research Practice
90
7 Facilitating the Interaction Between Theory and Data in Qualitative Research Using CAQDAS
109
15 Focus Groups
258
16 Participatory Visual Methods
275
17 Participant Observation
296
Two Tales of Two Cities
314
19 Practising Organizational Ethnography
331
20 Case Studies in Organizational Research
351
21 Action Research
371
22 Using Documents in Organizational Research
389

8 Combining Qualitative Methods
132
9 Longitudinal Research and Analysis
149
10 Doing Qualitative Business and Management Research in International and Intercultural Contexts
168
Alternative Publishing Recipes for Qualitative Research
185
12 Assessing Qualitative Research
204
13 Teaching Qualitative Research in the Business School
224
PART II CORE METHODS OF QUALITATIVE INQUIRY IN ORGANIZATIONAL RESEARCH
237
14 Interviews
239
A Theory Building Approach
408
24 Doing Template Analysis
426
25 Conversation Analysis in Management Research
451
26 Discourse Analysis and Discursive Research
473
27 Narrative Analysis
492
Index
512
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