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 5: Reflexivity in Qualitative Research
Reflexivity in Qualitative Research
The term reflexivity is widely used in organizational research. The concept of reflexivity has been part of qualitative research methods in organizational research for a number of decades, so it is not a new phenomenon. However, as qualitative methods have become more prominent and more accepted within social science, reflexivity has increased in significance and has become embedded in debates about the nature of knowledge.
But what does reflexivity actually mean? How does it affect the way we approach research? And how is it applied in practice? This chapter will address these questions with a discussion of the meaning of reflexivity and its significance in organizational research, together with some examples of reflexive research practice.
What is Reflexivity?