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.

Assessing Qualitative Research

Assessing qualitative research
Gillian SymonCatherine Cassell


What constitutes good qualitative research? Given that they outline aspects of good practice in applying qualitative research in the field, all the authors in this volume address this question, slanted to their own particular methodological interests. However, there is a stream of research that has directly sought to identify those characteristics that could be said to define ‘quality’ in qualitative research. In this chapter, we will review this research and illustrate it through our own theoretical and empirical work. However, not all qualitative researchers agree with this line of investigation, arguing that any derivation of qualitative criteria enacts power relations that tend to subjugate qualitative research. In this chapter, we will also present the ‘criteriology debate’ that ...

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