Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research is an excellent resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, management research and organizational psychology, bringing together in one volume the range of methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis.
The volume includes 30 chapters, each focusing on a specific technique. The chapters cover traditional research methods, analysis techniques, and interventions as well as the latest developments in the field. Each chapter reviews how the method has been used in organizational research, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the method, and presents a case study example of the method in use. A list of further reading is supplied for those requiring additional information about a given method.
The comprehensive and accessible nature of this collection will make it an essential and lasting handbook for researchers and students studying organizations.
Chapter 1: Promoting New Research Practices in Organizational Research
Promoting New Research Practices in Organizational Research
In editing our first volume of qualitative methods in organizational research (Cassell and Symon, 1994), we claimed that our aims were threefold and included: documenting the variety of qualitative methods available; providing accessible outlines of how to apply the methods in practice; and raising the profile of qualitative methods within organizational research. In a general sense, these aims have not changed, either with the second (Symon and Cassell, 1998a) or this third volume. Here, we aim to bring together many of the research approaches our contributors outlined in the earlier books, as well as providing introductions to other approaches not previously covered. Given this broad coverage, we felt entitled to ...