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Globalization and its melting pot of different nationalities, ethnicities and cultures is attracting research that is gathering in substance and theory. A dynamic new field that represents a significant focus within management and organisation studies is emerging.
This Handbook showcases the scope of international perspectives that exist on workplace diversity and is the first to define this hotly contested field.
Part I of the Handbook dissects the theoretical reasons and shows how the study of workplace diversity follows different directions. Part II critiques quantitative and qualitative research methods within the field, while Part III investigates the parallels and distinctions between different workplace groups. Key issues are drawn together in an insightful introduction from the editors, and future directions for research are proposed in the conclusion.
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Chapter 10: Feminist Qualitative Research and Workplace Diversity
Feminist Qualitative Research and Workplace Diversity
In this chapter we discuss the value and application of feminist qualitative research to the study of workplace diversity. Broadly defined, qualitative research is characterized as a methodology designed to illicit insights into the meanings and understandings that people associate with social relationships and events (O'Neill, 1995). In contrast to quantitative methods, qualitative methods:
focus on interpretation rather than quantification; an emphasis on subjectivity rather than objectivity; flexibility in the process of conducting research; an orientation towards process rather than outcome; a concern with context – regarding behavior and situation as inextricably linked in forming experience; and finally, an explicit recognition of the impact of research process on the research situation. (Cassell & Symon, 1994, quoted ...