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.
Chapter 16: Researching Bodies: Embodied Fieldwork for Knowledge Work, Which Turns Out to Be Embodied
Researching Bodies: Embodied Fieldwork for Knowledge Work, Which Turns Out to Be Embodied
Our economy has changed from predominantly industrial to knowledge-based. For example, all net new jobs that were created during the last decade were knowledge-based. Knowledge-based jobs now amount to more than 40 percent of all work (Manyika et al., 2012). Knowledge work, such as banking, consulting, accounting, and software engineering, uses knowledge as an input and output and employs highly educated and qualified workers, who work on intellectual tasks (Alvesson, 2004). With the advent of the knowledge economy, new work practices are emerging ...