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 19: Researching Organizational Concepts Processually: The Case of Identity
Researching Organizational Concepts Processually: The Case of Identity
Process research implies considering phenomena as in motion, as unfolding over time, as becoming. Process researchers seek to understand and explain the world in terms of interlinked events, activity, temporality and flow (Langley et al., 2013) rather than in terms of variance and relationships among dependent and independent variables. While quantitative analysis may sometimes be mobilized for process research (Van de Ven & Poole, 1995), qualitative data seem much better adapted to this purpose (Langley, 1999). Thus, this chapter will focus, in particular, ...