Organizing: how to study it and how to write about it

Organizing: how to study it and how to write about it Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review emerging approaches to field studies of organizing that aim to avoid the problems of traditional methods and techniques. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based in pragmatist philosophy and constructionist perspective. Within this frame, the paper starts with a brief history of fieldwork methods in organization study, continues by diagnosing their shortcomings in the light of contemporary developments, and ends by reviewing promising approaches to studying contemporary organizations. Findings – Young researchers are warned about possible risks and gains from experimenting with new methods. Originality/value – The potential value of the paper is in its function of a guide for organization scholars looking for innovative approaches to their study object. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal Emerald Publishing

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1746-5648
DOI
10.1108/17465640810870364
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Abstract

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to review emerging approaches to field studies of organizing that aim to avoid the problems of traditional methods and techniques. Design/methodology/approach – The paper is based in pragmatist philosophy and constructionist perspective. Within this frame, the paper starts with a brief history of fieldwork methods in organization study, continues by diagnosing their shortcomings in the light of contemporary developments, and ends by reviewing promising approaches to studying contemporary organizations. Findings – Young researchers are warned about possible risks and gains from experimenting with new methods. Originality/value – The potential value of the paper is in its function of a guide for organization scholars looking for innovative approaches to their study object.

Journal

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International JournalEmerald Publishing

Published: May 9, 2008

Keywords: Organizational analysis; Organizations; Organizational processes; Research

References

  • Structured observation as a method to study managerial work
    Mintzberg, H.
  • Managing quietly
    Mintzberg, H.
  • Postcolonial Theory and Organizational Analysis
  • Identity Work: Constructing Pacific Lives
  • Ethnography then and now
    van Maanen, J.

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