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 15: Critical Research and Analysis in Organizations
Critical Research and Analysis in Organizations
Critical research aims to expose power relations. It challenges assumptions that are often taken for granted in other approaches, and while, in its broadest sense, it is applied to any work that goes beyond unquestioning description, critical research has more to contribute than finding fault. Critical research is concerned with the implications that social practices have for different groups and with making the exercise of power visible. Critical research in organizations examines the ways in which work practices serve to maintain or reinforce imbalances of power. It challenges the managerial view taken by much organizational research to consider how the least powerful are affected. In doing so it directs attention ...