Special issue on shadowing research in organisations

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

ISSN: 1746-5648

Article publication date: 15 November 2011



(2011), "Special issue on shadowing research in organisations", Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, Vol. 6 No. 3. https://doi.org/10.1108/qrom.2011.29806caa.001



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Special issue on shadowing research in organisations

Article Type: Call for papers From: Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, Volume 6, Issue 3.

Special issue Editors:

Seonaidh McDonald, Robert Gordon University, and Barbara Simpson, Strathclyde Business School

The tradition of following people around to find out exactly what they do (rather than what they say they do, or what they can remember about what they do) is well established in a number of social science disciplines (McDonald, 2005). Although qualitative researchers have long practiced shadowing techniques in organisational contexts (Walker et al., 1956; Mintzberg, 1970), these methods are notably absent in both the methodological literature and the general research methods textbooks.

Shadowing has a special importance for organisational researchers because of its ability to examine the accomplishment of roles within their contexts of practice. Czarniawska (2007) argues that given the globalised distribution of management practices and the increasingly dynamic nature of organisational roles, mobile research techniques have become progressively more important. The aim of this collection of papers is therefore to invite methodological debate about shadowing practices in organisational research.

Contributions might, for example:

  • Discuss the epistemological and/or methodological distinctions or contributions of shadowing methods

  • Develop specific methods of shadowing

  • Provide critical reviews of different shadowing traditions drawn from other social science disciplines

  • Discuss the relevance of shadowing methods to specific kinds of organisational problems or debates in the organisational literature

  • Consider the conversational dimensions of shadowing as meaning-making

  • Examine the ethical issues raised by shadowing methods

  • Offer critical accounts of the application of shadowing methods to different organisational contexts

  • Explore shadowing methods which focus on inanimate objects as well as, or instead of, human actors (Czarniawska, 2008)

  • Discuss the potential for combining shadowing methods with other forms of organizational research.

Submissions must contain an explicit methodological focus and be consistent with the aims and scope of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management.

Deadline for submission of manuscripts is 1 October 2012. It is expected that the special issue will be published in 2014.

Manuscripts should be a maximum of 9,000 words in length (including tables and references) and should conform to the normal submission guidelines for Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management, which can be viewed at:www.emeraldinsight.com/products/journals/ author_guidelines.htm?id=qrom

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