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From the ethnographic turn to new forms of organizational ethnography

Linda Rouleau (Management, HEC Montreal, Montreal, Canada)
Mark de Rond (Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK)
Geneviève Musca (Strategy and Organization, Department of Management, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre La Défense, Paris, France)

Journal of Organizational Ethnography

ISSN: 2046-6749

Article publication date: 14 April 2014




The purpose of this paper is to outline the context and the content of the six papers that follow in this special issue on “New Forms of Organizational Ethnography”.


This editorial explains the burgeoning interest in organizational ethnography over the last decade in terms of several favourable conditions that have supported this resurgence. It also offers a general view of the nature and diversity of new forms of organizational ethnography in studies of management and organization.


New forms of organizational ethnography have emerged in response to rapidly changing organizational environments and technological advances as well as the paradigmatic transformation of ethnography and ascendency of discursive and practice-based studies.


The editorial highlights an “ethnographic turn” in management and organization studies that is characterized by a renewal of the discipline through the proliferation of new forms of organizational ethnography. A focus on new organizational phenomena, methodological innovation and novel ways of organizing fieldwork constitute the three main pillars of new forms of organizational ethnography. It encourages researchers to develop forums and platforms designed to exploit these novel forms of organizational ethnography.



Rouleau, L., de Rond, M. and Musca, G. (2014), "From the ethnographic turn to new forms of organizational ethnography", Journal of Organizational Ethnography, Vol. 3 No. 1, pp. 2-9.



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