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.
Chapter Six: Doing research in your own organization: Being native, going stranger
Doing research in your own organization: Being native, going stranger
This chapter deals primarily with moral and existential aspects related to doing research in your own organization, a research methodology often referred to as covert ethnography (Dalton, 1959; Roy, 1958) or at-home ethnography (Alvesson, 2009), and how they can affect the research practice. The discussion of these aspects draws on the author’s personal experiences from an empirical research project. Organizational ethnography is an established and well-regarded empirical method in the academic repertoire of business research, although sometimes avoided for practical reasons, such as difficulties in negotiating access, or the time commitment involved. Another problem, which is often highlighted, is how the reliability of observations made is affected by the presence of the researcher. Covert ethnography is sometimes ...