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.
In this chapter action research (AR) is presented as an endeavour that is both liminal and hybrid in nature. It is liminal in the sense that it exists in the interstices between research, consulting, social action and reflection. It is hybrid in the sense that new forms of AR combine and supplement earlier approaches (e.g. Stebbins and Shani, 2009). The associated variety and popularity of AR in organizational studies has been the subject of much discussion and several attempts have been made to compare and contrast different emphases among AR approaches (Cassell and Johnson, 2006; Gill and Johnson, 2010). Given this variety it is important that the prospective action researcher takes time to situate AR practice within the field ...