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 4: Researching your Own Organization
Researching your Own Organization
The purpose of this chapter is to introduce and discuss the involvement of the researcher in the research scene and with the research participants in a specific scenario, i.e. where the researcher's employing organization provides the context for the research project. Such contexts also include settings where the researcher might be the owner of a small business, in particular where family businesses are at the core of the research venture. It has always been of interest to academic researchers and scholars to understand researchers' involvement in the research scene. Yet recent trends, in particular in doctoral studies, have made an exploration of the ties of researcher and researched in the context of researchers exploring their employing ...