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.

Attributional Coding

Attributional coding

Causal attributions refer to the explanations we make for our own behaviour, the behaviour of other people and the events that we observe or hear about from others. One only has to consider how prevalent gossip is in everyday life to understand that causal attributions are a very common phenomenon. They are also very common in the workplace. Managers seek to explain the behaviour of the people who work for them – why Sally has performed especially well over recent months, or why Robert's team seem to be experiencing difficulty meeting targets. Employees may try to understand why a boss has become more supportive, why a particular colleague appears to be getting all the best jobs, or why the organization has announced ...

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