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Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research

Innovative Pathways and Methods, 1st Edition

Edited by Kimberly D. Elsbach, Roderick M. Kramer


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This handbook provides a comprehensive overview of state-of-the-art, innovative approaches to qualitative research for organizational scholars. Individual chapters in each area are written by experts in a variety of fields, who have contributed some of the most innovative studies themselves in recent years. An indispensable reference guide to anyone conducting high-impact organizational research, this handbook includes innovative approaches to research problems, data collection, data analysis and interpretation, and application of research findings. The book will be of interest to scholars and graduate students in a wide variety of disciplines, including anthropology, organizational behavior, organizational theory, social psychology, and sociology


"A rich and diverse array of thought provoking contributions. An invaluable reference book that should be on the desk of organizational researchers." -Hayagreeva Rao, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University, USA

"Elsbach and Kramer have assembled an authoritative and substantive volume. With many inquisitive articles, the authors demonstrate the relevance, depth, value, joy and humanity of qualitative research in organizations." -Michael A. Diamond, University of Missouri, USA

"Qualitative research is rich and important. This book shows how researchers are advancing its theory and practice in the US. It's a valuable addition to American scholarship in this growing field." -Carl May, University of Southampton, United Kingdom

"The Handbook of Qualitative Organizational Research is a marvelous compendium of essays by those doing some of the most original qualitative research in our field. Filled with enlivening and carefully documented new approaches to research design, data collection and analysis, it is both inspirational and practical, making an invaluable guide for seasoned and early scholars alike. A wonderfully different research methods book!" -Sally Maitlis, University of Oxford, United Kingdom

“The contributors take us from business schools to prisons, from hermeneutic circles to social networks, from concept maps to multilevel discourse; and in doing so, they provide a wealth of ideas for study design, data collection and analysis. The content strikes a nice balance between the conceptual and epistemological issues underlying the research methods and the practical considerations of deploying them in organisational settings.” -Denham Phipps, PhD, University of Manchester

Table of Contents

Part I: Introduction, History, & Context of Qualitative Methods 1. Introduction: In Search of Innovative Pathways and Methods in Qualitative ResearchKimberly D. Elsbach and Roderick M. Kramer2. Qualitative Research: It Just Keeps Getting More Interesting!Sara L. Rynes and Jean M. Bartunek3. Ups and Downs: Trends in the Development and Reception of Qualitative MethodsMichael Mauskapf and Paul Hirsch Part II: Innovative Research Settings 4. Understanding Organizations from Extreme CasesKatherine K. Chen5. Contract Ethnography in Corporate Settings: Innovation from EntanglementAnne-Laure Fayard, John Van Maanen, and John Weeks6. Studying Elites in Institutions of Higher EducationScott Snook and Rakesh Khurana7. Drawing Fine Lines Behind Bars: Pushing the Boundaries of Researcher Neutrality in Unconventional Contexts Kristie M. Rogers, Madeline Toubiana, and Katherine A. DeCelles8. Why is That Interesting? Finding the Meanings of Unexplored PhenomenaIan J. Walsh and Jean M. Bartunek9. Studying Organizational Fields Through EthnographyTammar B. Zilber Part III: Innovative Research Designs 10. How to Look Two Ways at Once: Research Strategies for Inhabited InstitutionalismMichael A. Haedicke and Tim Hallett11. Using Qualitative Methods to Track Evolving Entrepreneurial IdentitiesPhilip Anderson12. From What Happened To What Happens: Using Microhistorical Case Studies to Build Grounded Theory in Organization StudiesAndrew Hargadon13. Immersion Ethnography of ElitesBrooke Harrington14. Accounting for Accounts: Crafting Ethnographic Validity through Team Ethnography Joelle Evans, Ruthanne Huising, and Susan S. Silbey15. Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Opportunities for Case-Based ResearchReut Livne-Tarandach, Benjamin Hawbaker, Brooke Lahneman, and Candace Jones16. Leveraging Comparative Field Data for Theory GenerationBeth A. Bechky and Siobhan O’Mahony17. Crafting and Selecting Research Questions and Contexts in Qualitative ResearchMichael G. Pratt18. A Practice Approach to the Study of Social NetworksMaria Christina Binz-Scharf Part IV: Unique Forms of Qualitative Data 19. Denials, Obstructions, and Silences: Lessons from Repertoires of Field Resistance (and Embrace)Michel Anteby20. The Aesthetics of Data: Qualitative Analysis of Visual and Other Non-Textual Forms of Data Simona Giorgi and Mary Ann Glynn21. Leveraging Archival Data from Online Communities for Grounded Process TheorizingNatalia Levina and Emmanuelle Vaast22. Analyzing Visual Rhetoric In Organizational Research Lianne Lefsrud, Heather Graves, and Nelson Phillips23. Markers, Metaphors, and Meaning: Drawings As a Visual and Creative Qualitative Research Methodology in OrganizationsSarah J. Tracy and Shawna Malvani Redden Part V: Unique Data Collection Methods 24. Structural Sampling: A Technique for Illuminating Social Systems Sonali K. Shah and Andreea Gorbati25. Ethnography Across the Work Boundary: Benefits and Considerations for Organizational StudiesMelissa Mazmanian, Christine M. Beckman, and Ellie Harmon26. Strategic Conversations: Methods for Data Collection and AnalysisChristina Kyprianou, Melissa E. Graebner, and Violina Rindova27. Triangulate and Expand: Using Multiple Sources of Data for Convergence and Expansion to Enrich Inductive TheorizingElizabeth D. Rouse and Spencer H. Harrison28. "What’s Cooking?" Serendipitous Opportunities and Creative Action in Data CollectionSilviya Svejenova Part VI: Innovative Forms of Analysis 29. Adventures in Qualitative ResearchConnie J.G. Gersick30. Concept Mapping as a Methodical and Transparent Data Analysis ProcessPeter Balan, Eva Balan-Vnuk, Mike Metcalfe, and Noel Lindsay31. Innovation through Collaboration: Working Together on Data Analysis and Interpretation Kevin G. Corley, Courtney R. Masterson, and Beth S. Schinoff32. Multi-level Discourse Analysis: A Structured Approach to Analyzing Longitudinal DataSteven J. Kahl and Stine Grodal33. "Tabula Geminus": A "Both/And" Approach to Coding and TheorizingGlen E. Kreiner34. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as Descriptive Numerical Method in Support of Narrative MethodsRodney Lacey and Lisa Cohen35. Discovery, Validation and Live Coding Karen Locke, Martha S. Feldman, and Karen Golden-Biddle36. Between Text and Context: Innovative Approaches to the Qualitative Analysis of Online DataAnca Metiu and Anne-Laure Fayard37. Documenting Work: From Participant Observation to Participant TracingCarsten Østerlund, Jaime Snyder, Steve Sawyer, Sarika Sharma, and Matt Willis38. The Journey from Data to Qualitative Inductive Paper: Who Helps and How? Špela Trefalt and Marya L. Besharov39. Worth a Second Look? Exploring the Power of Post-Mortems on Post-MortemsRoderick M. Kramer Part VII: Multi-Methods Approaches 40. Mixing Quantitative and Qualitative Research Sarah Kaplan41. Counting Qualitative DataChad Michael McPherson and Michael Sauder42. Combining Qualitative Methods to Study Collective Cognition in Organizations Ileana Stigliani and Davide Ravasi43. Highlights of the Hybrid MethodCharles Galunic Part VIII: Challenges and Opportunities in Qualitative Methods 44. Confessions of a Mad EthnographerStephen R. Barley

About the Editors

Roderick M. Kramer is the William R. Kimball Professor of Organizational Behavior at Stanford University’s Graduate School of Business. He is the author of more than 150 scholarly articles, and his work has appeared in leading academic journals such as Administrative Science Quarterly, as well as in practitioner-oriented magazines such as the Harvard Business Review. He is also the author or co-author of 17 books.

Kimberly D. Elsbach is Professor of Management, Stephen G. Newberry Chair in Leadership, and Associate Dean for Instruction at the Graduate School of Management, University of California, Davis. She is also an International Research Fellow at the Center for Corporate Reputation, Oxford University, and the co-founder and organizer of the Davis Conference on Qualitative Research. She has published over 60 scholarly articles and 6 books, focusing on the study of individual and organizational perceptions.

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