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Baltic Journal of Management, vol. 10 no. 2
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ISSN: 1746-5265

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Publication date: 7 April 2015

Lauri Lepistö

The purpose of this paper is to improve the understanding of the rhetoric used to promote enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which are complex organisation-wide…

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The purpose of this paper is to improve the understanding of the rhetoric used to promote enterprise resource planning (ERP) systems, which are complex organisation-wide software packages inherently connected to the domains of management and organisation.

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The study adopts a post-essentialist view on ERP systems and takes the form of a rhetorical analysis. Engaging in rhetorical scholarship in the area of technological change and management fashion literatures, this paper offers a close reading of a management text on ERP systems by Thomas H. Davenport published in 1998 in the Harvard Business Review.

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The rhetorical analysis distinguishes and identifies three rhetorical strategies – namely, rationalisation, theorisation and contradiction – used to promote ERP systems and thus involved in the construction of the phenomenon revolving around ERP systems.

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In spite of the importance of the rhetorical analysis of information technology in the context in which they operate, this paper argues that constructions of ERP systems should also be analysed beyond organisation-specific considerations. It further suggests that both researchers and practitioners should take seriously the rhetoric invoked by the well-known management writer that may easily go unnoticed.

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Baltic Journal of Management, vol. 10 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5265

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Publication date: 1 February 2006

Catherine Cassell, Anna Buehring, Gillian Symon and Phil Johnson

The purpose of the paper is to introduce the themed issue about qualitative research in the business and management field

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The purpose of the paper is to introduce the themed issue about qualitative research in the business and management field

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The paper considers some issues about how to define the term “qualitative research”, and then introduces each of the papers in the themed issue.

Findings

The contents of this themed issue demonstrate the insights that qualitative research can make into the management field.

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A large amount of interest was generated in the themed issue. As a consequence, Emerald Publishing Group are launching a new journal which specifically focuses on qualitative research in this field.

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Management Decision, vol. 44 no. 2
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ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 20 November 2007

Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 2 no. 3
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ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 23 August 2011

Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 6 no. 2
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ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 21 August 2009

Gillian Symon and Catherine Cassell

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 4 no. 2
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ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 7 December 2015

Catherine Cassell and Gillian Symon

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 10 no. 4
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ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 1 February 2006

Catherine Cassell, Gillian Symon, Anna Buehring and Phil Johnson

The purpose of this paper is to present a piece of empirical work that investigates the current role and status of qualitative research within the management field.

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The purpose of this paper is to present a piece of empirical work that investigates the current role and status of qualitative research within the management field.

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The research is based on 45 in‐depth qualitative interviews with members of a range of different stakeholder groups, including: journal editors; qualitative researchers; Doctoral Programme Leaders; practitioners; and those who fund qualitative management research.

Findings

The findings suggest that there is considerable variety in definitions of qualitative research; that there are still a number of issues surrounding the status and credibility of qualitative research within the field; and there is a need for greater access to researcher training in this area.

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The paper is of practical interest to qualitative researchers in that it details some of the issues surrounding publishing qualitative work.

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The paper presents original empirical work in this field.

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Management Decision, vol. 44 no. 2
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 0025-1747

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Publication date: 1 January 2006

Catherine Cassell and Gillian Symon

The purpose of this paper is to introduce the new journal and outline the rationale and aims and objectives of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An

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The purpose of this paper is to introduce the new journal and outline the rationale and aims and objectives of Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal (QROM).

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The paper considers why there is a necessity for a journal like QROM, outlines the scope of the new journal, and introduces the articles in the first issue. An invitation for further contributions to the journal is also given.

Findings

There is still a need for an outlet that both provides a showcase for the diverse range of qualitative techniques in use and promotes high quality qualitative research.

Originality/value

This paper is of use to those new readers of the journal, and those who wish to submit to the journal, in that it clearly outlines editorial policy and processes.

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 1 no. 1
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ISSN: 1746-5648

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Publication date: 15 May 2007

Phil Johnson, Anna Buehring, Catherine Cassell and Gillian Symon

The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of research which explores how the concept qualitative management research is variably constructed and defined by those…

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The purpose of this paper is to report the findings of research which explores how the concept qualitative management research is variably constructed and defined by those who have a direct interest in, and influence upon, important aspects of qualitative management research.

Design/methodology/approach

Information was gathered through the use of semi‐structured interviews conducted with 44 individuals who were drawn from four observer‐identified types of “expert” informant who were taken to generally represent key groups of stakeholders in the conduct, evaluation and dissemination of qualitative management research. Interview data from these individuals were analysed though an iterative process using the NVivo software package to inductively generate definitional categories and explore aspects of their interrelationships.

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From data analysis it was apparent that there are eight different, but often interrelated, ways in which interviewees define qualitative management research. The philosophical dimensions of each of these variable definitions are outlined and their relationships to the methodological literature are explored. The variety identified amongst informants, indicates how there is a potential dissensus possible regarding what qualitative management research might entail, as well as regarding its provenance and its academic status. This dissensus potentially can create problems with regard to its evaluation.

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So whist there is little evidence to suggest any systematic relationship between the variable institutional backgrounds of informants and how they variably define and perceive qualitative management research, philosophical influences upon this contested terrain are explored and the implications of the identified dissensus for how qualitative management research is perceived and evaluated is discussed. The implications of this evidently contested terrain are discussed with particular reference to the future constitution of qualitative management research and its evaluation.

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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal, vol. 2 no. 1
Type: Research Article
ISSN: 1746-5648

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