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.

Life Histories

Life histories

This chapter provides some background to the development of the life history technique, its epistemological traditions, and an analysis of its relevance to organizational research, together with some empirical examples of its application in case studies drawn from research. The chapter concludes by evaluating the usefulness of the approach, summarizing the circumstances in which it might best be used, and providing some recommended reading.

The Life History Approach

Life history method focuses on the ways in which individuals account for and theorize about their actions in the social world over time. The subjective interpretation of the situation in which people find themselves, past or present, is its cornerstone. It is predicated on the fundamental assumption that ‘if men [sic] define those situations as real, ...

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