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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

The book provides a clear structure to help master level of students to comprehend how to conduct a research. Also the book gives how research can be so challenging as providing practical advice for those undertaking organizational research.

Dr Chavi Chen
IESEG, School of Management, Catholic University of Lille
December 14, 2012

A well structured book which discusses each area within in a readable and a student-friendly way.

Miss Marian Carr
FE Computing, Bradford College
October 31, 2012

A useful and accessible text which I am recommending to my post grad students.

Mrs Amanda Lee
Coventry Business School, Coventry University
October 20, 2012

This is a key text for our doctorate in professional studies candidates who are from the business world.

Dr Mehmet Ali Dikerdem
Interdiscipline , Middlesex University
October 19, 2012

Comprehensive and well written. It provides a good grounding for anyone wishing to use a qualitative method.

Dr Denis Hyams-Ssekasi
Business School, University Campus Oldham
October 5, 2012

This is comprehesive collection draws together a range of authors tackling issues, challenges and core methods in qualitative organizational research. It will be particularly useful to my students studying education leadership and management who are seeking to conduct research taking into account the organization contexts of education institutions.

Dr Anthony Thorpe
Education , Roehampton University
September 7, 2012

good content if rather wordy - useful for advanced students who are dedicated to qualitative methods - Dr Daniel Valentine - LSBF, London

Dr Daniel Valentine
Academic Programmes, London School of Business & Finance
August 5, 2012

A really accessible reader on qualitative research in organizations that goes way beyond a 'how to' guide. The chapters cover exactly the sorts of issues and challenges that may face students as they begin to undertake their own research projects and there is a clear sense of offering practical approaches without diluting the rigour of theory. It is particularly helpful that there are clear chapters which explore the different approaches to the analysis of qualitative data, something which some of my students struggle to grasp. This book is a great addition to my reading list.

Ms Victoria Pagan
Business School, Newcastle University
August 3, 2012

The book will definately make an impact on students understanding of research particularly chapter 2 which deals with research philosophy.

PROJECT MANAGEMENT, Central Univ of Tech, Free State
June 30, 2012

Good level of detail given that most students undertake qualitative rather than quantitative research for under-graduate dissertations.

Miss Clare Harrison
The Business School, City College Norwich
June 20, 2012

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