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 4: When the ‘Subject’ and the ‘Researcher’ Speak Together: Co-Producing Organizational Ethnography
When the ‘Subject’ and the ‘Researcher’ Speak Together: Co-Producing Organizational Ethnography
Some people who write books, I've read their stories where they build things up that's not there. (Ralph Kotay, a ‘Kiowa elder and singer’, quoted in Lassiter, 2001: 137)
A good many backs are no doubt patted at ethnography conferences congratulating researchers for giving voice to invisible constituencies – the marginal, unknown, suppressed, and ignored – or to the familiar made strange. We are keen to write for others who can't or won't tell their own stories, or whose stories we wish to tell differently. Generally, however, the formats in which we tell our stories allow for or demand a strong authorial voice: ...