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.

Access and Departure

Access and Departure
Chris Land Scott Taylor

Introduction

At one stage whilst writing this chapter we began negotiating organizational access to collect data. We had funding in place. We had what we thought were some interesting research questions and ideas. We clearly articulated our intentions to a series of gatekeepers, promising not to disrupt the work being done within the organization. We provided assurances that we would discuss our analysis with respondents when complete. We like to think we are relatively skilled at gaining access to do research. And, of course, we really wanted to do the research.

And our series of requests ...

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