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.
In contemporary Western society, interviews are routinely done as a way of seeking knowledge about all kinds of phenomena. This society can with some justice be referred to as an interview society. Across a wide array of cultural arenas, interviews have become a primary way of gathering information and getting to know people. Common interview subjects include far more than public figures, organizational spokespersons, celebrities, experts or job candidates. These days, even the most intimate of relationships can enlist the interview genre, as in the case of commodified exchanges such as ‘speed dating’ as well as many online social networks. In this sense, interviews can be said to have assumed an economy and politics of their own, complete with various ...