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.

Conceptually grounded analysis: The elusive facticity and ethical upshot of ‘organization’

Conceptually grounded analysis: The elusive facticity and ethical upshot of ‘organization’
Hugh Willmott

Introduction

Contributors to this volume were invited to ‘focus on the practical realities of the research process and how challenges faced can be negotiated’ (Jeanes and Huzzard, 2011: 1). What might those ‘practical realities’ be? Here I consider two.1 First, there is the practical reality of conducting empirical research, including its writing up. Specifically, I reflect upon my experience of undertaking a PhD. Second, I consider the practicalities of invoking ‘organization’ as a central concept in management and organization studies (MOS). These two ‘practical realities’ are connected. The experience of producing my thesis – especially the conduct of fieldwork and the translation of my data into an account of the people and agencies that I ...

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