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.

Analytic Induction

Analytic induction

Usually analytic induction (AI) is defined as involving the intensive examination of a strategically selected number of cases so as to empirically establish the causes of a specific phenomenon. Intrinsic to the approach is ‘the ‘“public”’ readjustment of definitions, concepts, and hypotheses’ (Manning, 1982: 283). However despite several notable exceptions (for example, Lindesmith, 1947; Cressey, 1953; Becker, 1973; Bloor, 1976; Lennon and Wollin, 2001), there seems to be few published examples of research, particularly organizational research, that use AI. Moreover, even in ‘qualitative’ methodology books, AI often appears to be ignored (for example, Bannister et al., 1994; Glesne and Peshkin, 1992) or limited to a short outline (for example, Silverman, 1993).

Given this situation, the aims of this chapter are to outline the ...

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