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 3: Qualitative Research as Interpretive Social Science
Qualitative Research as Interpretive Social Science
Qualitative research has recently become so prominent (Gephart, 2004) that it is ‘taking over the social sciences and related professional fields’ (Denzin & Lincoln, 2005, p. ix). Yet some scholars have questioned the viability of a scientific approach to non-positivist qualitative research. For example, ‘when the interpretive perspective of science is adopted … the generally accepted standards and practices for writing and assessing the convincingness of this work become increasingly difficult to apply’ (Golden-Biddle & Locke, 1993, p. 595). This argument shifts the focus from the integrity of research methods used to produce knowledge to a concern with ...