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 3: Reading and Writing as Method: In Search of Trustworthy Texts
Reading and Writing as Method: In Search of Trustworthy Texts
‘The research presented here is based on an ethnography of…’: a researcher who situates a manuscript with this phrase signals to the reader that the research being presented is part of a particular tradition of scholarship. The statement stimulates in a reader, including one acting as a reviewer, expectations about the logic that the research has followed – expectations developed and honed through disciplinary practices and the reader-reviewer's own research, writing, and reading experiences.
The specifics of these expectations have been discussed, analysed and, to some extent, formalized in the burgeoning methods literature dealing with the criteria and standards best suited to evaluating ethnographic and ...