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.

Longitudinal Research and Analysis

Longitudinal research and analysis
Ann LangleyInger Stensaker


This chapter examines methods for doing longitudinal research, and more particularly longitudinal qualitative case studies carried out inside organizations. While the word ‘longitudinal’ may, strictly speaking, refer to any research that involves observations spread out over time (including historical and time series analysis), in this chapter, we discuss large-scale organizational case studies in which at least a part of the data is collected in real time. Real-time longitudinal analysis has its strengths, but also poses particular challenges that we describe and illustrate in this chapter.

A number of contributions have previously addressed issues surrounding longitudinal case studies and constitute valuable resources for this discussion. In particular, in a comprehensive overview, Pettigrew (1990) drew attention to the ...

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