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 22: Achieving Critical Distance
Achieving Critical Distance
The role of the researcher and their impact upon knowledge production has long been an area of interest within business and management research traditions and particularly those informed by qualitative approaches (Cassell & Symon, 1994). As qualitative researchers we see ourselves as an integral part of the management research world we study and will therefore have an impact upon that world and the phenomena we are interested in. Qualitative researchers in the field have explored the challenges this generates from a range of perspectives. Examples include traditions in which the researcher's role is actively accounted ...