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 17: Organizational Ethnographies
While there is no commonly agreed definition of organizational ethnography, it can be succinctly described as a particular type of ethnographic study, including its written representation, which is concerned with organizations and their processes of organizing (Ybema et al., 2009). It is important to note that organizations are understood here in a broad sense and do not necessarily need to be confined to formal ones (Watson, 2012). At times, organizational ethnography is differentiated from workplace ethnographies, which are seen as being primarily concerned with the study of work (Down, ...