The purpose of this paper is to explore the methodological implications of queering organizational research. The author examines three related questions: what does queering organizational research entail?; how have organizational scholars queered research to date?; and how does queering organizational research and methodologies advance our understandings of organizing processes?
The paper begins with an overview of queer theory, which is followed by a review of the ways in which organizational research and methodologies have been and can be queered. The paper concludes with a discussion of the value of queering organizational research and methodologies and offers research questions that can guide future research that draws from queer theory.
The author claims that methodologies are queered through a researcher’s commitment to enacting the philosophical assumptions of queer theory in a research project. Much of the value of queering methodologies lies in its disruption and critique of conventional research practices, while enabling us to explore new ways of understanding organizational life.
Queer theory is still nascent but growing in organizational research. To date, there has been little consideration of the methodological implications of queering organizational research. This paper discusses these implications and can thus guide future research that is informed by queer theory.
An earlier version of this manuscript was presented at the 2016 Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management Conference in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA. The author would like to thank the Associate Editor Gavin Jack and the two anonymous reviewers for their helpful, reflexive, and constructive feedback on earlier drafts of this manuscript.
McDonald, J. (2017), "Queering methodologies and organizational research: disrupting, critiquing, and exploring", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 12 No. 2, pp. 130-148. https://doi.org/10.1108/QROM-06-2016-1388
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