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.

Qualitative Research across Boundaries: Indigenization, Glocalization or Creolization?1

Qualitative Research across Boundaries: Indigenization, Glocalization or Creolization?
Giampietro Gobo

Introduction

Contemporary qualitative research is questioned by non-academic and/or non-Western epistemologies, although far less so than quantitative methods. The challenge directly concerns the tacit cultural foundations of traditional qualitative research, which still embodies (in its methods) an ethnocentric, and sometimes colonial, attitude.

Due to the initial European colonization (see Gobo, 2011), and later the Anglophone domination during the twentieth century (see Alasuutari, 2004; Fielding 2014; Hsiung 2012; Ryen 2011), worldwide qualitative methodology is almost entirely constituted by research methods (focus group, in-depth interview, ethnography, visual methods, discourse and conversation analysis, etc.) invented by the ...

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