The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Business and Management Research Methods provides a state-of - the art overview of qualitative research methods in the business and management field. Bringing together a team of leading international researchers, the chapters offer a comprehensive overview of the history and traditions that underpin qualitative research in the field. The chapters in this volume have been arranged into four thematic parts: Part One: Influential Traditions underpinning qualitative research: positivism, interpretivism, pragmatism, constructionism, critical, poststructuralism, hermeneutics, postcolonialism, critical realism, mixed methods, grounded theory, feminist and indigenous approaches. Part Two: Research Designs: ethnography, field research, action research, case studies, process and practice methodologies. Part Three: The Researcher: positionality, reflexivity, ethics, gender and intersectionality, writing from the body, and achieving critical distance. Part Four: Challenges: research design, access and departure, choosing participants, research across boundaries, writing for different audiences, ethics in international research, digital ethics, and publishing qualitative research.

An Introduction to Constructionism for Qualitative Researchers in Business and Management1

An Introduction to Constructionism for Qualitative Researchers in Business and Management
Gina Grandy


We are all constructionists if we believe that the mind is active in the construction of knowledge. (Schwandt, 2000, p. 189)

What really exists is not things but things in the making. (James, 1909/1996, p. 263, in Tsoukas & Chia, 2002, p. 567)

There are a number of variations and interpretations of constructionism that influence the work of qualitative researchers. As noted by Gubrium & Holstein (2008) in their Handbook of Constructionist Research, ‘constructionism now belongs to everyone and to no one – a highly ...

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