Electronic Inspection Copy available for instructors here This comprehensive text brings together in one volume both consideration of the core methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis, and discussion of common challenges faced by all researchers in conducting qualitative research. Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Common Challenges contains 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the area. The first part of the volume considers common challenges in the design and execution of qualitative research, examining key contemporary debates in each area as well as providing practical advice for those undertaking organizational research. The second part of the volume looks at contemporary uses of core qualitative methods in organizational research, outlining each method and illustrating practical application through empirical examples. Written by internationally renowned experts in qualitative research methods, this text is an accessible and essential resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, business and management research, and organizational psychology. Key features: • Coverage of all the key topics in qualitative research • Chapters written by experts drawing on their personal experiences of using methods • Introductory chapters outlining the context for qualitative research and the philosophies which underpin it Gillian Symon is Reader in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. Catherine Cassell is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester Business School.

Introduction: The Context of Qualitative Organizational Research

Introduction: The context of qualitative organizational research
Catherine CassellGillian Symon


This is the fourth collection we have put together on qualitative methods in organizational research. There have been some changes since our first book in 1994. Certainly, qualitative methods are now far more widespread within organizational research than they were at that time. Additionally it would seem that there is now less of a need to document the wide variety of methods available to the qualitative researcher as this has been done by ourselves and others elsewhere during recent years (Cassell and Symon, 1994; Symon and Cassell, 1998; Cassell and Symon, 2004; Thorpe and Holt, 2008; Eriksson and Kovalainen, 2008).

In the introduction to our last book, Essential Guide to ...

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