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 29: Co-Research: Insider/Outsider Teams for Organizational Research
Co-Research: Insider/Outsider Teams for Organizational Research
There are both opportunities and difficulties in conducting collaborative research (Bartunek and Louis, 1996). Academic researchers and practitioners collaborate with different emphases. Academics often aim to produce general or nomothetic theories, whereas practitioners may be seeking theories which are context specific (ipsative theories). Practitioners may want to place more emphasis on understanding the immediate and direct consequences of actions, while academic researchers may emphasize more indirect and longer-term causal links.
Such differences in perspective can be productive of high quality collaborative research when recognized and addressed. Diversity in a research team can contribute to both efficiency and effectiveness where trust exists between the parties and there is a willingness to explore and use ...