"Barry and Hansen have gathered an impressive array of contributors to speculate where the management and organization field might be headed. The Handbook offers refreshing and proactive insights that confront our assumptions about organizations and challenge us to expand our thinking and inquiry. It it must reading for anyone who seeks to understand how we look at, live in, and act on organizations."—Thomas G. Cummings, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern CaliforniaTen years ago critical theory and postmodernism were considered new and emerging theories in Business and Management. What will be the next new important theories to shape the field? In one edited volume, David Barry and Hans Hansen have commissioned new chapters that will allow readers to stay one step ahead of the latest thinking. Contributors draw on research and practice to introduce ideas that are considered 'fringe' and controversial today, but may be key theoretical contributions tomorrow. Each chapter sets these ideas in their historical context, lays out the key theoretical positions taken by each new approach and makes it clear why these approaches are different to more mainstream concepts. Throughout contributors refer to existing studies that show how these developing themes will change the Business and Management arena.Researchers, teachers and advanced students who are interested in the future of Business and Management scholarship will want to read this Handbook.
Chapter 19: The Nature of Research Practice
The Nature of Research Practice
Please conduct a thought experiment.
Imagine someone who has a doctorate in management or organization studies and substantial research training in both quantitative and qualitative methods. Imagine that she has been working in a corporate setting and conducting research there.
Now imagine that, for a diversion from her normal fast-paced and time-pressured work, she is studying you, an academic, as you go about researching and writing a scholarly article. She might watch you plan the article carefully in advance or she might see that you initiate it because of a kind of serendipity (a book falls off your bookshelf). She might see you working in a very messy office, and see that you are interrupted regularly while you ...