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This chapter uses a PhD project to explain how patterns of unexpected findings and an abnormal case were used to develop new ideas that resulted in successful completion of the PhD and a number of publications.

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Chapter one defines a document and explains the origin of the use of documents in business and management research. A range of sources of documents for use in business and management research is discussed, and a range of approaches that should inform how documents are collected is outlined. The chapter introduces four fictional students undertaking their Masters-level dissertation, whose research projects will be used to illustrate the steps reported in subsequent chapters. The key aims and themes of the book are also outlined

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Chapter two introduces different ontological and epistemological traditions that inform business and management research, outlining ways of theorising with documentary evidence depending on the approach adopted when collecting evidence. It links traditions and ways of theorising to types of approach and strategy adopted for collecting documentary evidence.

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Chapter three demonstrates how to prepare for a study based on documentary evidence, explaining how one’s choice of approach will structure the relationship between literature reviews and evidence collection. It introduces a range of concepts that are relevant to the approaches of surveys, comparative case studies, critical narratives and constructivist studies when collecting documents.

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Chapter four explains how to collect and compile the evidence in a study based on a survey using a particular type of document. It demonstrates how to collect and compile evidence for comparative case studies, showing how to collect and compile evidence from documents to provide a critical narrative. It illustrates how to collect and compile evidence from documents to illustrate a constitutive discourse.

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Chapter five reviews literature based on a survey of a population using a particular type of document in business and management, reporting on publish works that utilise case studies composed from different types of documents. The review illustrates published works that provide a critical narrative based on documents and works that investigate constitutive discourse based on documents.

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Chapter six provides an overview of the book, outlining the strengths of conducting research using documents and the weaknesses of research based on documents. It considers methods for minimising the impact of these drawbacks to produce high-quality documentary research.

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This insightful book introduces a range of innovative strategies for collecting contemporary textual documentary evidence. Featuring insightful vignettes, it comprises a critical guide to the various challenges of collecting documents to realize each of those strategies.