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 17: Discourse Analysis
Discourse analysis is concerned with how individuals use language in specific social contexts. There are very many forms of discourse analysis, which range from quite descriptive techniques, aimed at understanding such conventions in speech as ‘turn-taking’, ‘hedges’ and grammatical structure, through to more analytic techniques, focused on understanding language use in specific social contexts, such as patient-doctor interactions.
This chapter is concerned with a particular form of discourse analysis, called critical discourse analysis, which shares in common many of the concerns of critical research, as discussed by MacKenzie Davey and Liefooghe, Chapter 15, this volume. It is a method that examines how individuals use language to produce explanations of themselves, their relationships and the world in general. It is critical in the sense ...