Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies
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Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies

Edited by Mélanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki

This innovative Handbook demonstrates that there is no single best approach to conducting longitudinal studies. At their best, longitudinal research designs yield rich, contextualised, multilevel and deep understanding of the studied phenomenon. The lack of resources in terms of time, funding and people can pose a serious challenge to conducting longitudinal research. This book tackles many of these challenges and discusses the role of longitudinal research programmes in overcoming such obstacles.
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Chapter 6: Longitudinal autoethnography

Päivi Eriksson


I have struggled with producing this book chapter more than any other piece of writing for a long time. When I was asked to contribute to this book I thought I could easily write about a methodological issue with a longitudinal perspective. When doing my doctoral disseration on the Fazer Confectionary organization, which was an intensive historical case study extending over 50 years (Eriksson 1991; see also Eriksson and Räsänen 1998), I developed a keen interest in longitudinal and processual perspectives within organization and management studies. In my dissertation, I faded myself out from the research report, but auto ethnography started to interest me some time after I finished. How about a book chapter about auto ethnography with a longitudinal perspective? That should be interesting enough, I thought. I had already written several short stories dealing with my experiences living in an entrepreneurial family, studying business at university, making strategies in various contexts and so on. These stories extended from my childhood to the present day, and even to the future. Therefore, the short stories that I had already written clearly had an auto ethnographical and longitudinal aspect.

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