Conducting an ethnography during a PhD can feel like being lost in a deep dark wood. But that is to be expected. Based on personal reflections from conducting ethnographic fieldwork and data analysis as a doctoral researcher, this paper discusses benefits of getting lost in the data; the fact that there is no pre-defined map to follow to generate contributions; and how to feel less alone during the ethnographic experience. The paper highlights that there is no one correct way to conduct ethnographic research, nor one correct interpretation of an ethnographic data set. Framing the ethnography as their own personal learning experience should help reassure the PhD ethnographer, enabling them to enjoy rather than endure getting lost in the wood.
Edited by Monika Kostera and Nancy Harding
Ethnography is at the heart of what researchers in management and organization studies do. This crucial book offers a robust and original overview of ‘doing’ organizational ethnography, guiding readers through the essential qualitative methods for the study of organizations.
Perspectives, Models and Theories for Managing Change
Aaron C.T. Smith, James Skinner and Daniel Read
This revised and extended second edition evaluates the diverse approaches to organizational change that have defined the field. Explaining the assumptions and implications that accompany these diverse philosophies, this book demystifies the complexities of conflicting perspectives and delivers valuable insights into the research and practice of organizational change.
Exploring the European Research Council's Authority
In this insightful book, Peter Edlund takes a status-based approach to theorizing the development of the European Research Council (ERC). Drawing upon rich empirical material, the author vividly details how the ERC was transformed from a funding organization into an authoritative status intermediary in European science.
A Psychology of Survival?
Edited by Ashley Weinberg, Alexander-Stamatios Antoniou and Cary Cooper
This timely book explores the psychological repercussions of Brexit in the workplace. Illustrating the mental and emotional impact of the Brexit process, interdisciplinary chapters demonstrate its effect on the wellbeing of workers and its implications for the welfare of the workforce in the future. Bringing together international contributors from a range of disciplines, this topical book focuses on key issues for effective workplace functioning, from uncertainty to progress, including higher education institutions, corporate social responsibility and the emerging experiences of businesses, migrant workers and politicians.
David Boje and Grace A. Rosile
Introducing the idea of conversational storytelling interviewing (CSI) as an ‘indirect’ method of interviewing, David Boje and Grace Ann Rosile explore this innovative methodological framework as a way for respondents to tell their own story, without resorting to structured or semi-structured interviews.
Edited by Hugo Letiche, Stephen A. Linstead and Jean-Luc Moriceau
Exploring magic as a creative necessity in contemporary business, this book clarifies the differences between magic as an organizational resource and magic as fakery, pretence and manipulation. Using this lens, it highlights insights into the relationship between anthropology and business, and organizational studies.