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The Routledge Companion to Qualitative Research in Organization Studies

ISBN 9781138921948
Published September 5, 2017 by Routledge
514 Pages 40 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

This comprehensive book collects contributions from leading international scholars to highlight the diverse qualitative approaches available to organizational researchers, each grounded in its own philosophy. The editors provide a cutting edge, globally oriented resource on the state of qualitative research methodologies, helping readers to grasp the theories, practices, and future of the field.

Beginning with an overview of qualitative methodologies, the book examines ways in which research employing these techniques is conducted in a variety of disciplines, including entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, information systems, and organizational behavior. It offers timely updates on how traditions like case studies, ethnographies, historical methods, narrative approaches, and critical research are practiced today and how emerging trends, including increasing legitimacy and feminization, are impacting the domain. The final chapters provide templates for engaging with the future as well as essays that critically assess how qualitative inquiry has evolved within organization studies. Readers will become acquainted with contemporary tools for conducting qualitative studies, learning to appreciate the emerging domains of qualitative inquiry within a dynamic and complex organizational world.

Doctoral students and early-career researchers in organizational studies, especially those engaged with general management, organizational behavior, human resource management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy, will benefit from reading this relevant and inclusive handbook.

Table of Contents

  1. Embracing a Constructed Boundary: Mapping Qualitative Research in Organizational Studies Raza Mir and Sanjay Jain
  2. Part I: Theories

  3. Philosophical Foundations of Qualitative Organizational Research Cristina Neesham
  4. Critical Approaches to Qualitative Research Thomas Greckhamer
  5. Doing Feminist Research Qualitatively: A Review Of What Interpretive Feminist Research Means Today Marleen van der Haar
  6. Qualitative Management Research in the Shadow of Imperialism: Some Elementary Remarks on its Othering Processes from a Muslim Perspective Farzad Rafi Khan
  7. Part II: Traditions

  8. Challenge of Rigor in Theory-Building from Multiple Case Research Kathleen M. Eisenhardt and Timothy E. Ott
  9. Single Cases: The What, Why and How Pinar Ozcan, Suho Han, and Melissa E. Graebner
  10. Clio’s Toolkit: Historical Methods Beyond Theory Building from Cases Dan Wadhwani and Stephanie Decker
  11. Stories as Social Action: Rethinking Narrative Studies of Organizing Tammar B. Zilber
  12. Bricolage in the Field: Experimenting With Different Forms of Ethnography Anne-Laure Fayard
  13. Innovations in Organizational Ethnography: Being Them, Even without Trying Alexandra Michel
  14. Ethnography as Writing: How Creative Nonfiction Can Inspire Organizational Ethnographers Chahrazad Abdallah
  15. Ethnographic Images of Work: Lessons from Journalism Jinia Mukerjee and Anca Metiu
  16. Part III: Contexts

  17. Studying Organizational Cultural Repertoires Davide Ravasi, Violina Rindova, and Elena Dalpiaz
  18. Qualitative Approaches for Studying Innovation as Process Raghu Garud, Hans Berends, and Philipp Tuertscher
  19. Whatddya' Know? Qualitative Methods in Entrepreneurship Ted Baker, Erin Powell, and Andrew E. F. Fultz
  20. Doing Qualitative Research on Emerging Fields and Markets Nina Granqvist, Galina Kallio, and Heli Nissilä
  21. Methodological Guidelines in the Study of Materiality and Affordances Paul Leonardi
  22. Working, Being, and Researching in Place: A Mixed Methodological Approach for Understanding Digital Experiences Ingrid Erickson
  23. Methods and Challenges of Conducting Research in Subsistence Environments Srinivas Sridharan
  24. Part IV: Journeys

  25. "Blinded by the Light" or "Seeing the Light"? Journeys of Positivist Scholars into Qualitative Inquiry Glen Kreiner, Derron Bishop and Aparna Joshi
  26. Appreciating Emergence and Serendipity in Qualitative Research: Resisting the Urge to Follow Set Plans Rene Wiedner and Shaz Ansari
  27. Reporting After the Summit: Getting Ethnographic Research into Print Katherine Chen
  28. Reasoning with Qualitative Data: Balancing a Theoretical Contribution Saku Mantere
  29. ‘Standing on [transparent] shoulders’: Applying open source approaches to qualitative management research Andrew Nelson
  30. Part V: Frontiers and Reflections

  31. Engaging with the Visual: Opportunities for Qualitative Organizational Researchers Catherine Cassell
  32. Building Grounded Theory with Social Media Data Emmanuelle Vaast and Cathy Urquhart
  33. Network Models of Organizational Routines: Tracing Associations between Actions Brian T. Pentland and Peng Liu
  34. Rewriting the Publishing Narrative for Grounded Theory Building Deborah Dougherty
  35. The Long, Hard Road to Legitimacy for Qualitative Research: A Personal-Professional Journey Denny Gioia
  36. Blind Alleys and Untold Stories in Qualitative Research Ann Langley

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Raza Mir is the Seymour Hyman Professor of Management at William Paterson University, USA. He is also the co-editor of The Routledge Companion to Philosophy in Organization Studies, published in 2015.

Sanjay Jain is Assistant Professor of Management at the Nazarian College of Business at California State University—Northridge, USA.


"This volume brings together an impressive group of qualitative scholars and thoughtful perspectives on how to do high quality research. The numerous examples from published and ongoing research provide a useful resource for organizational scholars and other social scientists. I am eager to use this volume in my research and teaching."

Martha S. Feldman, University of California, Irvine, USA

"Mir and Jain have put together an exciting and informative text. The chapters cover a range of topics from valuable reflections on tried and tested methods by experienced qualitative researchers to innovative approaches to drive the use of qualitative methods forwards. I expect that this text will be a key resource for all levels of researchers interested in developing an informed use of qualitative research methods."

Paula JarzabkowskiUniversity of London, UK

"This is a breath of fresh air, reflecting the spirit of our times, in which qualitative researchers are not so much required to defend the validity of their research as to keep reflecting on what they do in order to reconsider their premises, update their methods, and refine their understandings. Mir and Jain have put together a well-thought out, multivocal collection of chapters, ranging from the philosophical underpinnings of qualitative research to methodologies, contexts of application, and personal reflections, which will be useful to all practitioners of qualitative research, new and seasoned, alike."

Haridimos Tsoukas, University of Warwick, UK and University of Cyprus, Cyprus

 "This extraordinary collection of papers on qualitative research methods is remarkable for both its quality and its breadth. Its papers appropriately encompass attention to rigor and to artistry in qualitative research. Setting the stage with the historical perspective—seminal research across fields from biology to psychiatry was qualitative in nature—the book goes on to provide sophisticated and practical insights into such topics as the use of single cases, the role of context, sources of inspiration, and navigating publication."

Amy C. Edmondson, Harvard Business School, USA