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Researching Organizations

Researching Organizations
The Practice of Organizational Fieldwork

February 2014 | 240 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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.

Research and Organizations
The Research Process
Ethics in Organizational Research
Getting In: Seeking and Negotiating Access
Getting On: In the Organisation
Getting Out: Leaving the Field and Reporting Research in Organizations
Getting Back
Emerging Issues in Research in Organizations

Great for those students who are undertaking primary research in organisational contexts, recommended to them and to library

Ms Victoria Pagan
Business School, Newcastle University
June 22, 2015

This book is primarily aimed at students who are external to the organisation being studied and so deals at length with issues like entry and exit. By contrast, the majority of my students are researching organisations in which they themselves work. The sections on the design and conduct of research are still of interest and I would recommend the whole book to the few students who are not able to (or choose not to) research their own organisation.

Mr Duncan Grant
Off Campus Division, University of Bolton
March 24, 2015

I feel my students will love the way this book looks at research.

Mr Mike Kershaw
Management , Knowsley Community College
February 26, 2015

My course concerns organizational communication, so this book offers important background information but falls somewhat outside the scope of my teaching.

Professor Merja Koskela
Department of Communication Studies, University of Vaasa
February 18, 2015

Alternative approach to researching organizations.

Dr Douglas Gilbert
School of Organizational Leadership, University of the Rockies
February 6, 2015

Shows the challenge and complexity of researching organisations and gives guidance on how to respond. A very useful resource to any researcher.

Mr Zedias Mutema
Business Administration , South Essex College
October 14, 2014

This text details how and what to do regarding researching organisations. Both academics and students will find it very helpful. I highly recommend it.

Dr Miyoung Oh
Department of Sport, Sheffield Hallam Univ.
September 4, 2014

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.

Mr Simon Blake
School of Business and Marketing, Univ. College Birmingham
July 9, 2014

This text is useful for those wanting to undertake practical research on organisations. It includes a multitude of considerations pertinent to this field.

Miss Juliette Wilson
Faculty of Arts,Media & Social Science, Salford Univ.
July 3, 2014

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.

Dr Suzanne Kane
Salford Business School, Salford University
June 24, 2014

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