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 30: The Future Conference
The Future Conference
The first manifestation of the Future Conference (FC) as a method was in 1960 when Fred Emery and Eric Trist from the Tavistock Institute used it as a participative planning method to enable two diverse groups to agree a strategic plan for their joint future (Emery and Purser, 1996: 293). At that point, Emery and Trist's interest was not research as such, but in the dialogue that was needed for effective leadership and decision making particularly with respect to future (strategic) planning. Since then, their method has been used and developed and is now used all over the world in both private and public organizational settings as a means of creating effective proposals and plans for action. It has not ...