This is an invaluable collection of reflections and experiences from world-class researchers undertaking Critical Management Studies (CMS). The editors and contributors reflect on ethics and reflexivity in critical management research, and explore the identity of the critical researcher both as an individual and working within collaborative projects. Using contemporary accounts from those engaged in real world fieldwork they outline what critical management is, and explore its relationship to management research. The book discusses the implications of critical management when: • Developing research questions • Managing research relationships • Using various methods of data collection • Writing accounts of your research, findings and analysis. Grounded in practical problems and processes this title sets out and then answers the challenges faced by critical researchers doing research in organization and management studies.

Thickening thick descriptions: Overinterpretations in critical organizational ethnography

Thickening thick descriptions: Overinterpretations in critical organizational ethnography
Peter Svensson

Introduction

Ethnographic work involves a number of epistemological challenges and ethical queries. Being close to the objects of study (the members, the natives), trying to represent their worlds in a fair and meaningful way is anything but a straightforward task. At the heart of the ethnographic enterprise lies the interpretation of symbols, social interactions, rituals, norms, ceremonies, cues and artefacts. The aim of the ethnographer is often to translate everyday and mundane phenomena into meaningful and significant aspects of the ongoing construction of social reality. Alvesson and Deetz (2000: 34) describe the interpretative task as one of showing ‘how particular realities are socially produced and maintained through norms, rites, rituals and daily activities’. The theoretical lens offered by anthropology and the notion of ...

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