The Practice of Organizational Fieldwork
- Matthew Jones - University of Cambridge, UK
Although there are plenty of books that discuss the principles, the philosophy and the techniques of research in organisations, it is much harder to find information on what doing research in organisations actually involves in practice. Yet this is often one of the most challenging, but also most interesting, aspects of a study. Drawing on examples and debates from a broad range of disciplines (such as criminology, education and social anthropology as well management) Researching Organisations explores the issues that researchers may encounter when carrying out fieldwork in organisations. From getting in to an organisation at the start of the research to getting out and maybe back again at the end, the book offers systematic guidance to help researchers navigate the messy reality of fieldwork.
Researching Organisations is designed for graduate level researchers who may be undertaking fieldwork for the first time, but also for those who wish to gain an understanding of research practice.
This text details how and what to do regarding researching organisations. Both academics and students will find it very helpful. I highly recommend it.
Highly recommended and will be used by colleagues and students alike, in orientating towards research projects addressing organisations and their processes. Some gaps - the lack of engagement with narratiove and sensemaking literature - are noticeable. But the essentials are there.
This text is useful for those wanting to undertake practical research on organisations. It includes a multitude of considerations pertinent to this field.
This is a very useful book for research students.
A clear and well-detailed section is provided on the research process.
There are some valuable practice-based insights.
Possibly somewhat detailed for the undergraduate level of research. The text does however offer some very good examples from which more capable students can begin to develop their own practice.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter Two: Research and Organisations