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.

Critical and compassionate interviewing: Asking until it makes sense

Critical and compassionate interviewing: Asking until it makes sense
Susanne Ekman

Introduction

The current chapter will place the art of interviewing inside the complex world of organizations and hierarchical interactions and explore some of the challenges which this setting creates for the researcher. Furthermore, it will propose an approach to interviewing which sympathizes with critical management studies (CMS) agendas, yet on important points also recognizes potential blind spots in critical research. Consequently, the aim is to develop and describe in practical detail a form of critically inspired interviewing which is at the same time committed to remedying what it considers to be recurring tendencies in CMS: moral condescension, polarized opposition to mainstream research, and predefined subject positions for many of the key research subjects (for more on this debate, see: Alvesson ...

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