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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
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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

An excellent insight into both conceptual and practical dimensions of qualitative research . A very readable text with some excellent contributors addressing the key stages in the research process and offering practical insights into research design, and implementation and answering some of the more common questions raised by research students .

Professor Daniel Moss
Business School, Chester University
May 6, 2013

The course (Retailing) has since ended and had 30 students. New course begins in Sep 2013 and I will recommend the text book again to my class

Dr Gilbert Zvobgo
Div. of Marketing, London South Bank University
April 7, 2013

This is a superb book on qualitative research in organizational settings. The chapters on the design and implementation of qualitative research provide an excellent basis for situating those other chapters on the methods of qualitative inquiry. I am adopting this book in a doctoral course on qualitative research and strongly recommend it to anyone involved in organizational research, either experienced researchers or newcomers into the field.

Professor Manuel Graca
Faculdade De Economia, University of Porto
March 26, 2013

This is an innovative text in relation to qualitative research. I believe this text is suitable for PhD students and high level masters students. for our purposes it does not offer a step by step guide to research and therefore more suited to students conducting research over a longer period of time. Overall there are some excellent chapters, on specific topics which cover a great deal of depth and analysis.

Mr Chris Doran
Salford Business School, Salford University
March 12, 2013

This book summarises in an accessable way the key-ideas that are discussed in the organisational research litereature

Mr Robert Moehler
School of Built Environment, Northumbria University
March 12, 2013

Good text in order to introduce students to the main techniques in quzliataitve organizational research, with lots of real-world applications.

Professor Fernando Munoz-Bullon
Business Management Division, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid
February 20, 2013

This is a good book on qualitative research. However, the language of the book is more suitable for the PhD students and advanced researchers. I would not recommend this for the masters or the undergraduate level research students.

Dr Fawaz Baddar
Marketing , IESEG School of Management
February 17, 2013

The book is part of a staple diet for qualitative researchers on my course. It is not classed as essential because quants researchers don't need it - butmostof my students are qualitative

Dr David Vickers
Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire
February 13, 2013

Excellent guide to both theory and practicalities of organisational research and of use to external and internal researchers.

Mr Robin Miller
Health Services Management Centre, Birmingham University
December 21, 2012

This book provides an excellent overview of qualitative research issues. It presents all major approaches of the field. The contributors discuss a wide variety of technical, philosophical, and ethical aspects the reflective researcher should consider. Very suitable for postgraduate students.

Mr Volker Rundshagen
Int. Tourism Management, Cologne Business School
December 21, 2012

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