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.

Autoethnography in Organizational Research: Two Tales of Two Cities

Autoethnography in Organizational Research: Two Tales of Two Cities

Autoethnography in organizational research: Two tales of two cities
Michael HumphreysMark Learmonth


In this chapter we aim to explore some of the ideas and debates that have come to surround the term ‘autoethnography’ in social sciences, and in organization studies more particularly. We shall do this primarily by exemplification: we offer personal stories of our experiences at two very different academic conferences – the Academy of Management Conference (AoM), New Orleans in 2004, and the Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (CQI), Urbana-Champaign in 2005. In doing so, we join an emergent practice concerned with writing about the self in the context of organizational studies (e.g. Watson, 1995; Reedy, 2003; Parker, 2004; Brewis, 2005; Humphreys, 2005; Clark/Keefe, 2006; Grey ...

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