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Qualitative Organizational Research

Qualitative Organizational Research
Core Methods and Current Challenges

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March 2012 | 544 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This comprehensive text brings together in one volume both consideration of the core methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis, and discussion of common challenges faced by all researchers in conducting qualitative research.

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.

Key features:

• 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.


Catherine Cassell and Gillian Symon
Introduction: The Context of Qualitative Organizational Research
Joanne Duberley, Phil Johnson and Catherine Cassell
Philosophies Underpinning Qualitative Research
Mark Saunders
Choosing Research Participants
Suzanne Tietze
Researching Your Own Organization
Kathryn Haynes
Reflexivity in Qualitative Research
Robin Holt
Ethical Research Practice
Rudolf R. Sinkovics and Eva A. Alfoldi
Facilitating the Interaction between Theory and Data in Qualitative Research Using CAQDAS
Katrina Pritchard
Combining Qualitative Methods
Ann Langley and Inger Stensaker
Longitudinal Research and Analysis
Laurie Cohen and M.N. Ravishankar
Doing Qualitative Business and Management Research in International and Intercultural Contexts
Joep Cornelissen, Hanna Gajewska-de Mattos, Rebecca Piekkari and Catherine Welch
Writing up as a Legitimacy-Seeking Process: Alternative Publishing Recipes for Qualitative Research
Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell
Assessing Qualitative Research
Mark Learmonth and Mike Humphreys
Teaching Qualitative Research in the Business School
Mats Alvesson and Karen Ashcraft
Binna Kandola
Focus Groups
Russ Vince and Sam Warren
Participatory Visual Methods
Matthew J. Brannan and Teresa Oultram
Participant Observation
Michael Humphreys and Mark Learmonth
Autoethnography in Organizational Research: Two Tales of Two Cities
Dvora Yanow, Sierk Ybema and Merlijn van Hulst
Practising Organizational Ethnography
David A. Buchanan
Case Studies in Organizational Research
Julie Wolfram Cox
Action Research
Bill Lee
Using Documents in Organizational Research
Graeme J.J. Keneally
Grounded Theory: A Theory-Building Approach
Nigel King
Doing Template Analysis
David Greatbatch and Timothy Clark
Conversation Analysis in Management Research
Cliff Oswick
Discourse Analysis and Discursive Research
Sally Maitlis
Narrative Analysis

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
Cynthia Hardy
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
Yiannis Gabriel
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.

Ms Irene Jonkers
Inst for Leadership & Development, Nyenrode University of Business
January 25, 2017

Clear, assessable, practical and covers a good range of topics.

Dr Marian Iszatt-White
Department of Leadership and Managment, Lancaster University
August 30, 2016

Excellent overview of qualiative research methods. Ideal for doctoral students.

Dr Deirdre Anderson
Cranfield School of Management, Cranfield University
February 4, 2015

Very good book.
Starts off by providing a good explanation of philosophies.
Good description of the core methods of qualitative inquiry also provided.

Mr Oran Doherty
Department of Business, Letterkenny Institute of Technology
November 19, 2014

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

Dr Koen Kooy
International Business and Management, Hogeschool Rotterdam
September 1, 2014

Excellent text for the qualitative researcher.

Mrs Angela Mazzetti
Business School, University of Teesside
January 24, 2014

This book was extremely useful to supplement a current knowledge base specific to research methodology

Ms Christine Gausden
School of Architecture & Construction, Greenwich University
November 28, 2013

easily read and understood text

Ms Helen Shiels
International Business, University of Ulster
November 4, 2013

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.

Mr Zedias Mutema
Business Administration , South Essex College
September 16, 2013

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