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 16: Hermeneutic Understanding
Lying at the heart of hermeneutics are issues of intuition, interpretation, understanding, the relationship between the researcher and the subject of research and the reader. In recent times, hermeneutics is understood as a philosophical take on interpretivist social science; an assertion that ‘understanding is interpretation…. Thus reaching an understanding is not a matter of setting aside, escaping, managing, or tracking one's own standpoint, prejudgements, biases, or prejudices. On the contrary understanding requires the engagement of one's biases’ (Schwandt, 2000: 194). However, the hermeneutic paradigm encompasses many positions. Ricoeur, for example, states starkly ‘there is no general hermeneutics … but only disparate and opposed theories concerning the rules of interpretation’ (1970: 26). Although it is hoped that there is much in what follows ...