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.

Discourse Analysis and Discursive Research

Discourse analysis and discursive research
Cliff Oswick


It has been suggested that ‘discourse is a process of meaning-making through talk and text’ (Oswick, forthcoming) and that discourse analysis is ‘the study of how meanings are produced, and of which meanings prevail in society’ (Iedema, 2008: 389). Cunliffe (2008: 81) goes further and suggests that: ‘Discourse analysts study the structures of meaning, expressions, themes, routine ways of talking, and rhetorical devices used in constructing reality’. The overarching inference that can be derived from these assertions is that discourse analysis is concerned with processes of social construction (i.e. meaning-making) through the study of language and language-use.

Discourse analysis cannot easily be reduced down to a single technique. Instead, it should be regarded as constituted ...

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