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.

Philosophies Underpinning Qualitative Research

Philosophies Underpinning Qualitative Research

Philosophies underpinning qualitative research
Joanne DuberleyPhil JohnsonCatherine Cassell


As the range of chapters in this book would suggest, there is considerable diversity in the different methods available to the researcher seeking to access the organizational world qualitatively. However, any process of methodological engagement inevitably articulates, and is constituted by, an attachment to particular philosophical or metatheoretical commitments that have implications for research design. As Cunliffe (2010) highlights, ‘Our metatheoretical assumptions have very practical consequences for the way we do research in terms of our topic, focus of study, what we see as “data”, how we collect and analyse the data, how we theorize, and how we write up our research accounts’. Therefore they are a key part of the methodology within which ...

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