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.

Using Documents in Organizational Research

Using documents in organizational research
Bill Lee


Qualitative research involving fieldwork is often costly. Documentary analysis by contrast may involve few costs apart from the researcher's time (c.f. Rapley, 2007: 12). Moreover, documents are manifold, playing an important role in organizational life, providing details of policies, procedures, prospective plans such as investment appraisals and records of events such as minutes of meetings. There are many additional documentary sources about organizations, including newspaper reports, government abstracts, tribunal records of misdemeanours and pressure groups' objections to developments. It is, thus, possible to use documents to address a broad range of research questions. As many documents are readily available and endure over time, the research questions and answers may cover a much longer period ...

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