Qualitative Organizational Research
Core Methods and Current Challenges
- Gillian Symon - Birkbeck College, University of London, UK
- Catherine Cassell - University of Birmingham, UK
Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and Common Challenges contains 27 chapters, each written by an expert in the area. The first part of the volume considers common challenges in the design and execution of qualitative research, examining key contemporary debates in each area as well as providing practical advice for those undertaking organizational research. The second part of the volume looks at contemporary uses of core qualitative methods in organizational research, outlining each method and illustrating practical application through empirical examples.
Written by internationally renowned experts in qualitative research methods, this text is an accessible and essential resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, business and management research, and organizational psychology.
• Coverage of all the key topics in qualitative research
• Chapters written by experts drawing on their personal experiences of using methods
• Introductory chapters outlining the context for qualitative research and the philosophies which underpin it
Gillian Symon is Reader in Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London.
Catherine Cassell is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Manchester Business School.
What every qualitative researcher needs! This handbook provides both breadth and depth. Breadth is important because the range of qualitative methods and techniques keeps on growing -- the handbook will help researchers make informed choices about which methods to use in their work. Depth is important for researchers to move beyond the traditional qualitative/quantitative divide and to learn more about the complexity of theoretical assumptions that underlie different qualitative work
Laureate Professor of Management, University of Melbourne, Australia
Catherine Cassell and Gillian Symon have over the years pioneered a new way of writing about qualitative research methods that transforms the concept of method from a turgid instrument of discipline into a boundless treasure trove of resources available to social scientists. They and their contributors in this volume offer an exciting array of resources, demonstrating that rigour is not incompatible with imagination and that research can indeed be fun. Their collection is an invaluable aid to the craft of the qualitative researcher
Chair of Organizational Theory, University of Bath, UK
For almost two decades Cathy Cassell and Gillian Symon have been to the forefront of encouraging management and organizational scholars to critically engage with qualitative methods. This has evolved through at least two books, a series of scholarly articles, and the founding of the journal Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. In the process they have embraced and been embraced by leading scholars in the field of qualitative methods to produce a collection that is a simply `must read.' The sheer talent brought together in this latest edition of Qualitative Organizational Research guarantees a collection more than up to the task of presenting "core methods and current challenges
Albert J. Mills
Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary's University, Canada
This very welcome book is packed with accessible coverage of the complex and fascinating conceptual issues underlying the various forms of qualitative research. It also provides plenty of engaging practical examples of qualitative research in action. The book is therefore an invaluable resource that provides both width and depth in this important area
Professor John Arnold
Professor of Work Psychology, University of Sheffield, UK
The book addresses key issues and offers interesting insights and discussions. I find it less suitable for a first introduction into the fundamentals of qualitative research.
Clear, assessable, practical and covers a good range of topics.
Excellent overview of qualiative research methods. Ideal for doctoral students.
Very good book.
Starts off by providing a good explanation of philosophies.
Good description of the core methods of qualitative inquiry also provided.
I've used this book to gain a number of examples and assignments which I use during the class. It is a well written book
Excellent text for the qualitative researcher.
This book was extremely useful to supplement a current knowledge base specific to research methodology
easily read and understood text
It provides high quality and engaging practical examples of how to conduct qualitative research. The extent to which complex conceptual issues underlying the various forms of qualitative research have been handled is second to none.