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 9: Qualitative Research Diaries
Qualitative Research Diaries
We are familiar with the concept of diaries as either calendars in which we record planned future activities or an autobiographical account of events, thoughts and feelings we have experienced, usually recorded on a daily basis. The growing interest in conducting diary studies as a research method has tended to be from within a positivist paradigm, focusing on quantified measurements. In contrast, this chapter aims to encourage qualitative diary research by offering some practical design and implementation guidelines, as applied to organizational settings.
Uses of Diaries in Research
The diary is the document of life par excellence, chronicling as it does the immediately contemporaneous flow of public and private events that are significant to the diarist. (Plummer, 1983: 17)
Diaries can be used ...