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Performing Process Research

Standing on the Shoulders of Giants

ISBN: 978-1-78756-336-0, eISBN: 978-1-78756-335-3

Publication date: 10 April 2019


This chapter examines existing approaches to conducting qualitative process research (i.e., studies that view phenomena as becoming or evolving over time) by analyzing published process research in six premier organizational journals from 2010 to 2017. We identify four modes of performing process research that we label evolutionary process stories, performative process stories, narrative process stories and toolkit-driven process stories, and explore the particular ways in which they formulate and link empirical and theoretical elements. We also identify some of their specific challenges and suggest directions for the future.



Abdallah, C., Lusiani, M. and Langley, A. (2019), "Performing Process Research", Standing on the Shoulders of Giants (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Vol. 11), Emerald Publishing Limited, Leeds, pp. 91-113.



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