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Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research

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April 2004 | 408 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
Essential Guide to Qualitative Methods in Organizational Research is an excellent resource for students and researchers in the areas of organization studies, management research and organizational psychology, bringing together in one volume the range of methods available for undertaking qualitative data collection and analysis.

The volume includes 30 chapters, each focusing on a specific technique. The chapters cover traditional research methods, analysis techniques, and interventions as well as the latest developments in the field. Each chapter reviews how the method has been used in organizational research, discusses the advantages and disadvantages of using the method, and presents a case study example of the method in use. A list of further reading is supplied for those requiring additional information about a given method.

The comprehensive and accessible nature of this collection will make it an essential and lasting handbook for researchers and students studying organizations.

Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell
Promoting New Research Practices in Organizational Research
Nigel King
Using Interviews in Qualitative Research
Stephanie J Morgan and Gillian Symon
Electronic Interviews in Organizational Research
Gill Musson
Life Histories
Elizabeth Chell
Critical Incident Technique
Catherine Cassell and Susan Walsh
Repertory Grids
Seonaidh McDonald, Kevin Daniels and Claire Harris
Cognitive Mapping in Organizational Research
Anne Rees and Nigel Nicholson
The Twenty Statements Test
Gillian Symon
Qualitative Research Diaries
Yiannis Gabriel and Dorothy S Griffiths
Stories in Organizational Research
David R Stiles
Pictorial Representation
Chris Steyaert and Ren[ac]e Bouwen
Group Methods of Organizational Analysis
David Waddington
Participant Observation
Phil Johnson
Analytic Induction
Kate Mackenzie Davey and Andreas P D Liefooghe
Critical Research and Analysis in Organizations
John McAuley
Hermeneutic Understanding
Penny Dick
Discourse Analysis
Dalvir Samra-Fredericks
Talk-in-Interaction/Conversation Analysis
Jo Silvester
Attributional Coding
Hannakaisa L[um]ansisalmi, Jos[ac]e-Maria Peir[ac]o and Mika Kivim[um]aki
Grounded Theory in Organizational Research
Nigel King
Using Templates in the Thematic Analysis of Text
Sara Nadin and Catherine Cassell
Using Data Matrices
Louise Corti, Paul Thompson and Janet Fink
Preserving, Sharing and Reusing Data from Qualitative Research
Methods and Strategies  
Michael Rowlinson
Historical Analysis of Company Documents
John D Brewer
Ethnography
Jean Hartley
Case Study Research
Susan Walsh and Chris Clegg
Soft Systems Analysis
Reflections and Update  
Frank Heller
Action Research and Research Action
A Family of Methods  
John Bennington and Jean Hartley
Co-Research
Insider/Outsider Teams for Organizational Research  
Fran Ryan
The Future Conference

Excellent practical coverage of a wide range of qualitative methods

Dr Marian Iszatt-White
Department of Leadership and Managment, Lancaster University
August 30, 2016

The book covers this subject at the right level of MSc students, and also gives them enough direction should they want to dig deeper. It has helped our students who chose qualitative methods for their MSc thesis research.

Ms S Asmayawati
School of Engineering, Cranfield University
August 12, 2015

I find this book as a very good to deepen the knowledge about qualitative research techniques, which could be applied in organizational setting.

Dr Malgorzata Stysko-Kunkowska
Collegium of World Economy, Warsaw School of Economics
June 23, 2014

Good course content

Dr Scott Foster
Department of HRM, Liverpool John Moores University
November 26, 2013

It provides a good overview of the Topic. I highly recommend this book to my students, especially if they want to work with qualitative methods in their master theses.

Professor Julia Mueller
Strategic Management Unternehmensfuehrung, Martin Luther University of Halle-Wittenberg
June 18, 2013

This is a guidance book for those who learn to understand qualitative methods. The book introduces all kinds of organizational research and the associated research design. In addition, the author explain the reason of undertaking such a research method. This helpful explanation allows readers to evaluate how they conduct their research and whether their research design can be well-suited for their research area. This book is more like a book for researcher to gain knowledge of which research design can better link to their research focus.

Dr Chavi Chen
IESEG, School of Management, Catholic University of Lille
May 3, 2013

I like this book as it is informative and have many guidelines. I have highly recommended this one to the students and have requested the library to purchase it.

Dr Norhayati Zakaria
Faculty of Business and Management, University of Wollongong in Dubai
December 28, 2011

This is a very useful textbook, which I recommend to research students in terms of helping them to develop their research methods.

Dr Seamus O'Tuama
Dept of Government, University College Cork (NUI)
February 4, 2010

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