Wrong way, go back! Negotiating success in industry-based research

McDonald, Paula K., Townsend, Keith J., & Waterhouse, Jennifer Marie (2009) Wrong way, go back! Negotiating success in industry-based research. In Townsend, Keith J. & Burgess, John (Eds.) Method in the Madness: Research Stories You Won’t Read in Textbooks. Chandos Publishing, Oxford, pp. 119-134.

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Literature addressing methodological issues in organisational research is extensive and multidisciplinary, encompassing debates about methodological choices, data-collection techniques, epistemological approaches and statistical procedures. However, little scholarship has tackled an important aspect of organisational research that precedes decisions about data collection and analysis – access to the organisations themselves, including the people, processes and documents within them. This chapter looks at organisational access through the experiences of three research fellows in the course of their work with their respective industry partners. In doing so, it reveals many of the challenges and changing opportunities associated with access to organisations, which are rarely explicitly addressed, but often assumed, in traditional methods texts and journal publications. Although the level of access granted varied somewhat across the projects at different points in time and according to different organisational contexts, we shared a number of core and consistent experiences in attempting to collect data and implement strategies.

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ID Code: 27055
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Research Methods, Industry-based Research, Negotiating
ISBN: 978-1-84334-493-3
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > COMMERCE MANAGEMENT TOURISM AND SERVICES (150000) > BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT (150300) > Business and Management not elsewhere classified (150399)
Divisions: Current > Research Centres > Australian Centre for Business Research
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > QUT Business School
Current > Schools > School of Management
Deposited On: 27 Aug 2009 02:11
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2015 05:46

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