This textbook provides first-hand, inside accounts of the process of doing research in organizations. It is intended both for students of research methods in sociology and social psychology, and for students of organization studies, organizational behaviour and management. The contributors tackle such problems as: gaining access to organizations, ‘getting on’ in organizations, quantitative and qualitative styles of investigation, the use of historical materials, the effects of resources on the context of research, the part played by political factors in organizational research, the relevance of grounded theory and conducting research within a cross-cultural framework.
Acknowledgements. Notes on Contributors. Introduction: ‘Inside’ Accounts and Social Research in Organizations Alan Bryman. 1. Regulating Research: Politics and Decision Making in Industrial Organizations Huw Beynon. 2. Insights on Site: Research into Construction Project Organizations Mike Bresnen. 3. Getting in, Getting On, Getting Out and Getting Back David Buchanan, David Boddy and James McCalman. 4. Researching White Collar Organizations: Why Sociologists Should Not Stop Doing Case Studies Rosemary Crompton and Gareth Jones. 5. Historical Methods and Organization Analysis: The Case of A Naval Dockyard. David Dunkerley. 6. In Another Country Peter Lawrence. 7. Connoisseurship in the Study of Organizational Cultures Barry A Turner. 8. The Aston Research Programme Derek Pugh. 9. Ruminations on Munificence and Scarcity in Research David J Hickson. 10. Some Reflections Upon Research in Organizations Martin Bulmer.