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 6: Repertory Grids
The repertory grid technique stems from the personal construct psychology (PCP) proposed by George Kelly (1955). It is a well-used technique within psychological research although, traditionally, repertory grids have predominantly been analysed using quantitative techniques. In this chapter, we focus on how repertory grids can be analysed in a qualitative way, indeed we argue that this is more appropriate given their underlying constructivist epistemology. First, we outline the principles of Kelly's personal construct psychology and review the use of repertory grid technique in organizational research. We then describe a study we conducted using repertory grid technique, and finish by evaluating the advantages and disadvantages of using repertory grids in a qualitative manner.
Kelly's Personal Construct Psychology
Kelly believed that individuals act like ...