Ragged edges in the fractured future: a co‐authored organizational autoethnography

Ragged edges in the fractured future: a co‐authored organizational autoethnography Purpose – This article aims to represent three ethnographers researching an organizational event within academia: the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. It explores the divergent viewpoints of their ethnographic experiences as well as reflecting upon their relationships with each other as they attempted to understand each others’ viewpoints. Design/methodology/approach – This ethnographic project involved participant observation, full participation, and narrative interviews. However, as the project continued, it evolved to reflexively examining the authors’ own viewpoints and relationships challenges. Findings – This paper contributes to understanding ethnographic research of organizational events in several ways. First, it is an exemplar of how three ethnographers examining the same organizational event view it through differing lenses. Secondly, it shows how the authors worked together through the research, struggling to understand each others’ varied political and personal lenses through dialogue. Research limitations/implications – The research examined only one organizational event, therefore the findings are specific to this site and the same results may not necessarily be found in other organizations. Originality/value – This paper is unique in that three ethnographers from different generations and different political worldviews can come together for the purposes of research, examine an organizational event and learn to cooperate with and appreciate each others’ viewpoints. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png Journal of Organizational Ethnography Emerald Publishing

Ragged edges in the fractured future: a co‐authored organizational autoethnography

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2013 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
2046-6749
DOI
10.1108/JOE-11-2011-0002
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Abstract

Purpose – This article aims to represent three ethnographers researching an organizational event within academia: the Second International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. It explores the divergent viewpoints of their ethnographic experiences as well as reflecting upon their relationships with each other as they attempted to understand each others’ viewpoints. Design/methodology/approach – This ethnographic project involved participant observation, full participation, and narrative interviews. However, as the project continued, it evolved to reflexively examining the authors’ own viewpoints and relationships challenges. Findings – This paper contributes to understanding ethnographic research of organizational events in several ways. First, it is an exemplar of how three ethnographers examining the same organizational event view it through differing lenses. Secondly, it shows how the authors worked together through the research, struggling to understand each others’ varied political and personal lenses through dialogue. Research limitations/implications – The research examined only one organizational event, therefore the findings are specific to this site and the same results may not necessarily be found in other organizations. Originality/value – This paper is unique in that three ethnographers from different generations and different political worldviews can come together for the purposes of research, examine an organizational event and learn to cooperate with and appreciate each others’ viewpoints.

Journal

Journal of Organizational EthnographyEmerald Publishing

Published: Apr 19, 2013

Keywords: Ethnography; Identity; Personal narrative; Narrative; Organizational autoethnography; Politics; Academia; Academic relationships; Story

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