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Qualitative Research in Business and Management

Qualitative Research in Business and Management

Four Volume Set
Edited by:

December 2014 | 1 680 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Over the past few decades, qualitative research in management and business has expanded rapidly. Business and management is set to become - if it is not already - the dominant field within the domain of qualitative research. It is therefore vital that students and scholars are well-informed about exemplary contributions to, methods employed by, and issues, challenges, debates faced by qualitative researchers in this field. This four-volume collection is designed to provide a set of authoritative sources capable of facilitating the development of knowledge and understanding.  The collection provides an Introduction written by the editors, which contextualises and guides readers through the selection.

Volume One: Classical and Contemporary Studies
Volume Two: Methods, Approaches, Techniques: Guides and Exemplars
Volume Three: Practices and Preoccupations
Volume Four: Challenges and Prospects

Banana Time: Job Satisfaction and Informal Interaction

Donald Roy
Perceptions and Methods in Men Who Manage

Melville Dalton
Men and Women of the Corporation

Rosabeth Kanter
Manufacturing Consent

Michael Burawoy
Breakfast at Spiro’s: Dramaturgy and Dominance

Michael Rosen
The World of Corporate Managers

Robert Jackall
Engineering Humour: Masculinity Joking and Conflict in Shop-Floor Relations

David Collinson
Extract from Crafting Selves: Power Gender and Discourses of Identity in a Japanese Workplace

Dorinne Kondo
Engineering Culture: Control and Commitment in a High-Tech Corporation

Gideon Kunda
Theorizing Managerial Work: A Pragmatic Pluralist Approach to Interdisciplinary Research

Tony Watson
Rational Choice Situated Action and the Social Control of Organizations: The Challenger Launch Decision

Diane Vaughan
Strategizing as Lived Experience and Strategists

Dalvir Samra-Fredericks
Power Control and Resistance in ‘The Factory that Time Forgot’

Mahmoud Ezzamel et al.
Extract from Talking about Machines: An Ethnography of a Modern Job

Julian Orr
Extract from The Business of Talk: Organizations in Action

Diedre Boden
Extract from Investigating Small Firms: Nice Work?

Ruth Holliday
Narrative Interviewing and Narrative Analysis in a Study of a Cross-Border Merger

Anne-Marie Söderberg
Speech Timing and Spacing: The Phenomenon of Organizational Closure

François Cooren and Gail T. Fairhurst,
The Infeasibility of Invariant Laws in Management Studies: A Reflective Dialogue in Defence of Case Studies

Tsuyoshi Numagami
The Interview: From Neutral Stance to Political Involvement

Andrea Fontana and James Frey
Rethinking Observation: From Method to Context

Michael Agrosino et al.
Notes on (Field) notes

James Clifford
The Textual Approach: Risk and Blame in Disaster Sensemaking

Robert Gephart
Triangulation in Organizational Research: A Re-presentation

Julie Wolfram Cox and John Hassard
The Storytelling Organization: A Study of Performance in an Office Supply Firm

David Boje
Semiotics and the Study of Occupational and Organizational Cultures

Stephen Barley
The Use of Grounded Theory for the Qualitative Analysis of Organizational Behaviour

Barry Turner
Reflecting on the Strategic Use of CAQDAS to Manage and Report on the Qualitative Research Process

Mark Wickham and Megan Woods
Longitudinal Field Research on Change

Andrew Pettigrew
Historical Perspectives in Organization Studies: Factual Narrative and Archeo-Genealogical

Michael Rowlinson
Action Research: Explaining the Diversity

Cathy Cassell and Phil Johnson
Photography and Voice in Critical Qualitative Management Research

Samantha Warren
Moments Mixed Methods and Paradigm Dialogues

Norman Denzin
Extract from The Discipline and Practice of Qualitative Research

Norman Denzin and Yvonna Lincoln
Learning to Be a Qualitative Management Researcher

Catherine Cassell et al.
Getting In Getting On Getting Out and Getting Back

David Buchanan et al.
Reflections on the Researcher-Researched Relationship: A Woman Interviewing Men

Terry Arendell
Real-Time Reflexivity: Prods to Reflection

Karl Weick
Towards an Integrative Reflexivity in Organizational Research

Leah Tomkins and Virginia Eatough
Appealing Work: An Investigation of How Ethnographic Texts Convince

Karen Golden-Biddle and Karen Locke
The Philosophy and Politics of Quality in Qualitative Organizational Research

John Amis and Michael Silk
Objectivity and Reliability in Qualitative Analysis: Realist Contextualist and Radical Constructionist Epistemologies

Anna Madill et al.
Whatever Happened to Organizational Ethnography: A Review of the Field of Organizational Ethnography and Anthropological Studies

S.P. Bate
Working with Pluralism: Determining Quality in Qualitative Research

Mark Easterby-Smith, Karen Golden-Biddle and Karen Locke
The Role of the Researcher: An Analysis of Narrative Position in Organisation Theory

Mary Jo Hatch
The Professional Apprentice: Observations of Fieldwork Roles in Two Organizational Settings

John Van Maanen and Deborah Kolb
In Defense of Being “Native”: The Case for Insider Academic Research

Teresa Brannick and David Coghlan
Ethics and Ethnography

Robert Dingwall
Extract from Qualitative Methods in Management Research

Evert Gummesson
Making Sense as a Personal Process

Judi Marshall
My Affair with the “Other”: Identity Journeys across the Research-Practice Divide

Laura Empson
Secrecy and Disclosure in Fieldwork

Richard Mitchell
Organization Science as Social Construction: Postmodern Potentials

Kenneth Gergen and Tojo Joseph Thatchenkerry
Farewell to Criteriology

Thomas Schwandt
Reflexive Inquiry in Organizational Research: Questions and Possibilities

Ann Cunliffe
The Action Turn: Towards a Transformational Social Science

Peter Reason and William Torbert
Signing My Life Away? Researching Sex and Organization

Joanna Brewis
Evaluating Qualitative Management Research: Towards a Contingent Criteriology

Phil Johnson et al.
Postcolonialism and the Politics of Qualitative Research in International Business

Gavin Jack and Robert Westwood
Organization Studies and Epistemic Coloniality in Latin America: Thinking Otherness from the Margins

Eduardo Ibbaro-Colado
Fitting Oval Pegs into Round Holes: Tensions in Evaluating and Publishing Qualitative Research in Top-Tier North American Journals

Michael Pratt
Hegemonic Academic Practices: Experiences of Publishing from the Periphery

Susan Meriläinen et al.,
Case Study as Disciplinary Convention: Evidence from International Business Journals

Rebecca Piekkari, Catherine Welsh and Eriikka Paavilainen
Managerialism and Management Research: Would Melville Dalton Get a Job Today?

Emma Bell
Ways of constructing research questions: gap-spotting or problematization?

Jörgen Sandberg and Mats Alvesson

Enlightening, provocative, argumentative, and formidably perceptive, this collection conveys the richness and complexity of organizational life while also holding the keys to its amelioration. While qualitative research studies in organization and management may still be outnumbered by their quantitative counterparts, we can see here how and why they hold the upper hand in transforming theory and practice.

Robin Stanley Snell
Professor of Management, Lingnan University

Emma Bell and Hugh Willmott have put together four volumes of historically rich, analytically inclusive and vivid accounts of carrying out qualitative research in business and management settings. The volumes take readers through canonical, classic works to significant contemporary developments – in both theory and method – reflecting the changing organizational contexts in which current research is set. The editors provide a thoughtful introduction and guide to the materials. This is without doubt the most comprehensive and broad treatment of qualitative research I have ever encountered. It will have a long shelf life, deservedly so.

John Van Maanen
Erwin Schell Professor of Organization Studies, MIT