Providing readers with a unique insight into conducting research, this exciting book describes the thought and work processes of researchers as they complete their projects. Engaging and accessible it investigates all the key aspects of this topic and advice on how to conduct interviews, study the everyday life of an organization, and many other standard methods of conducting research. This is not a prescriptive methodology textbook, rather it explores how to approach, think and act in interaction with the empirical field.
Comprehensive and accessible, this thought-provoking text shows readers how to develop management investigations skills, and will be invaluable for final year undergraduates, masters and PhD students.
"The contributor's associations to the Stockholm School of Economics gives the book a Northern European perspective and a particular focus on qualitative methods…this book justifies a place on the bookshelf of any serious management researcher."
-- T Burgess, The Journal of Operational Research, 2007
'This book justifies a place on the bookshelf of any serious management researcher.' - Journal of Operational Research Society 2007
1. Practice about a Practice 2. Issue-Driven Research 3. Inductive Knowledge Production 4. Studying Every Day Life – An Ethno-Methodology Approach 5. Analyzing Public Texts – Critical Discourse Analysis 6. Making Sense of Stockbrokers Performance – Reflections about a Phenomenographic Approach 7. Inside the School – An Ethnographic Approach Listening for Management 8. Interviews as Bridging Fields of Interest 9. Listening to General Managers – A Content Analysis of Life Stories 10. Proposal for Consulting Assignment – Quasi Experiments Among Management Consultants 11. Condensated Complexity – Analysis of Microprocesses Writing Management 12. Presenting the Unique as General and Valid Knowledge – The Logic of Case Studies 13. Viability and Diffusion of Management Practice – Longitudinal Studies 14. Understanding Differences - Comparative Studies across Managerial and Research Cultures 15. Writing as Reflexive Knowledge Production – Research as Intellectual Work Co-Producing Management 1 6. Organization Design as a Research Topic - Socio Technical Systems Analysis