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.
Chapter 27: Narrative Analysis
We live immersed in narrative, recounting and reassessing the meaning of our past actions, anticipating the outcome of our future projects, situating ourselves at the intersection of several stories not yet completed. (Brooks, 1992: 3)
What is Narrative?
The concept of narrative describes a spoken or written text that involves temporal sequences of events and actions. Narratives need a ‘valued endpoint’ (e.g. capturing the heart of the princess) and a set of events and characters that make the endpoint more or less probable, accessible or vivid (e.g. rival knights, fire-breathing dragons) (Gergen, 1999). Narratives play a critical role in the structuring of human experience and identity (Bruner, 1986; Gabriel, 2000, 2004; Ibarra and Barbulescu, 2010). Indeed, as the opening quote suggests, they ...