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
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction, History, & Context of Qualitative Methods 1. Introduction: In Search of Innovative Pathways and Methods in Qualitative Research Kimberly D. Elsbach and Roderick M. Kramer 2. Qualitative Research: It Just Keeps Getting More Interesting! Sara L. Rynes and Jean M. Bartunek 3. Ups and Downs: Trends in the Development and Reception of Qualitative Methods Michael Mauskapf and Paul Hirsch Part II: Innovative Research Settings 4. Understanding Organizations from Extreme Cases Katherine K. Chen 5. Contract Ethnography in Corporate Settings: Innovation from Entanglement Anne-Laure Fayard, John Van Maanen, and John Weeks 6. Studying Elites in Institutions of Higher Education Scott Snook and Rakesh Khurana 7. Drawing Fine Lines Behind Bars: Pushing the Boundaries of Researcher Neutrality in Unconventional Contexts Kristie M. Rogers, Madeline Toubiana, and Katherine A. DeCelles 8. Why is That Interesting? Finding the Meanings of Unexplored Phenomena Ian J. Walsh and Jean M. Bartunek 9. Studying Organizational Fields Through Ethnography Tammar B. Zilber Part III: Innovative Research Designs 10. How to Look Two Ways at Once: Research Strategies for Inhabited Institutionalism Michael A. Haedicke and Tim Hallett 11. Using Qualitative Methods to Track Evolving Entrepreneurial Identities Philip Anderson 12. From What Happened To What Happens: Using Microhistorical Case Studies to Build Grounded Theory in Organization Studies Andrew Hargadon 13. Immersion Ethnography of Elites Brooke Harrington 14. Accounting for Accounts: Crafting Ethnographic Validity through Team Ethnography Joelle Evans, Ruthanne Huising, and Susan S. Silbey 15. Qualitative Comparative Analysis: Opportunities for Case-Based Research Reut Livne-Tarandach, Benjamin Hawbaker, Brooke Lahneman, and Candace Jones 16. Leveraging Comparative Field Data for Theory Generation Beth A. Bechky and Siobhan O’Mahony 17. Crafting and Selecting Research Questions and Contexts in Qualitative Research Michael G. Pratt 18. A Practice Approach to the Study of Social Networks Maria Christina Binz-Scharf Part IV: Unique Forms of Qualitative Data 19. Denials, Obstructions, and Silences: Lessons from Repertoires of Field Resistance (and Embrace) Michel Anteby 20. The Aesthetics of Data: Qualitative Analysis of Visual and Other Non-Textual Forms of Data Simona Giorgi and Mary Ann Glynn 21. Leveraging Archival Data from Online Communities for Grounded Process Theorizing Natalia Levina and Emmanuelle Vaast 22. Analyzing Visual Rhetoric In Organizational Research Lianne Lefsrud, Heather Graves, and Nelson Phillips 23. Markers, Metaphors, and Meaning: Drawings As a Visual and Creative Qualitative Research Methodology in Organizations Sarah 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 Gorbati 25. Ethnography Across the Work Boundary: Benefits and Considerations for Organizational Studies Melissa Mazmanian, Christine M. Beckman, and Ellie Harmon 26. Strategic Conversations: Methods for Data Collection and Analysis Christina Kyprianou, Melissa E. Graebner, and Violina Rindova 27. Triangulate and Expand: Using Multiple Sources of Data for Convergence and Expansion to Enrich Inductive Theorizing Elizabeth D. Rouse and Spencer H. Harrison 28. "What’s Cooking?" Serendipitous Opportunities and Creative Action in Data Collection Silviya Svejenova Part VI: Innovative Forms of Analysis 29. Adventures in Qualitative Research Connie J.G. Gersick 30. Concept Mapping as a Methodical and Transparent Data Analysis Process Peter Balan, Eva Balan-Vnuk, Mike Metcalfe, and Noel Lindsay 31. Innovation through Collaboration: Working Together on Data Analysis and Interpretation Kevin G. Corley, Courtney R. Masterson, and Beth S. Schinoff 32. Multi-level Discourse Analysis: A Structured Approach to Analyzing Longitudinal Data Steven J. Kahl and Stine Grodal 33. "Tabula Geminus": A "Both/And" Approach to Coding and Theorizing Glen E. Kreiner 34. Using Qualitative Comparative Analysis (QCA) as Descriptive Numerical Method in Support of Narrative Methods Rodney Lacey and Lisa Cohen 35. Discovery, Validation and Live Coding Karen Locke, Martha S. Feldman, and Karen Golden-Biddle 36. Between Text and Context: Innovative Approaches to the Qualitative Analysis of Online Data Anca Metiu and Anne-Laure Fayard 37. Documenting Work: From Participant Observation to Participant Tracing Carsten Østerlund, Jaime Snyder, Steve Sawyer, Sarika Sharma, and Matt Willis 38. The Journey from Data to Qualitative Inductive Paper: Who Helps and How? Špela Trefalt and Marya L. Besharov 39. Worth a Second Look? Exploring the Power of Post-Mortems on Post-Mortems Roderick M. Kramer Part VII: Multi-Methods Approaches 40. Mixing Quantitative and Qualitative Research Sarah Kaplan 41. Counting Qualitative Data Chad Michael McPherson and Michael Sauder 42. Combining Qualitative Methods to Study Collective Cognition in Organizations Ileana Stigliani and Davide Ravasi 43. Highlights of the Hybrid Method Charles Galunic Part VIII: Challenges and Opportunities in Qualitative Methods 44. Confessions of a Mad Ethnographer Stephen R. Barley
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.
"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