Much of the ‘mystery’ of organizational life is hidden in plain sight in individuals' everyday communications and everyday practices. Ethnographic approaches provide in-depth and up-close understandings of how the everyday-ness of work is organized and how work organizes people in everyday organizational life.
Organizational Ethnography brings contributions from leading scholars in organizational studies that help to develop an ethnographic perspective on organizations and organizational research. The authors explore the special problems faced by organizational ethnographers, from questions of gaining access to research sites to various styles of writing ethnography, the role of friendship relations in the field, ethical issues, and standards for evaluating ethnographic work.
This book will be a useful resource for organizational scholars doing or writing ethnography in the fields of business and management, public administration, education, health care, social work, or any related field in which organizations play a role.
Chapter 11: Critical Action Research and Organizational Ethnography
Critical Action Research and Organizational Ethnography
In studies of organizations, action research generates a wide range of data, principally through participation in group inquiry processes (Heron and Reason, 2001; Reason and Bradbury 2001). However, action research is more than just a collection of methods or even a methodology Its relation to the co-construction of knowledge places it firmly within the domain of epistemology (Greenwood and Levin, 1998; Park, 2001). It is possible to draw some strong links between action research and ethnography from their common epistemologies and the methods each employs. Nonetheless, there are also clear distinctions that can be drawn in the ways that action researchers are positioned, how knowledge is co-constructed, and the power relations that ...