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.

Motifs in the methods section: Representing the qualitative research process

Motifs in the methods section: Representing the qualitative research process
Karen Lee AshcraftCatherine S. Ashcraft


This chapter reconsiders how to compose the methods section of an empirical paper – a ritual that can be especially vexing for organization researchers with interpretive and critical leanings. Journals increasingly oblige authors to elucidate and justify the qualitative research process. Yet conventions for doing so cannot readily accommodate the ambiguity, intuition, and sensuality endemic to much qualitative practice. Moreover, the typical tone of methods accounting – neutral rigour – sanitizes the moral and political process of knowledge production. Many interpretive and critical scholars therefore castigate the methods section as excessive professional regulation. Rarely is this ritual the subject of explicit reflection.

We commence reflection by sketching the key ingredients of a ‘good’ qualitative methods section. ...

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