This comprehensive book collects contributions from leading international scholars to highlight the diverse qualitative approaches available to organizational researchers, each grounded in its own philosophy. The editors provide a cutting edge, globally oriented resource on the state of qualitative research methodologies, helping readers to grasp the theories, practices, and future of the field.

Beginning with an overview of qualitative methodologies, the book examines ways in which research employing these techniques is conducted in a variety of disciplines, including entrepreneurship, innovation, strategy, information systems, and organizational behavior. It offers timely updates on how traditions like case studies, ethnographies, historical methods, narrative approaches, and critical research are practiced today and how emerging trends, including increasing legitimacy and feminization, are impacting the domain. The final chapters provide templates for engaging with the future as well as essays that critically assess how qualitative inquiry has evolved within organization studies. Readers will become acquainted with contemporary tools for conducting qualitative studies, learning to appreciate the emerging domains of qualitative inquiry within a dynamic and complex organizational world.

Doctoral students and early-career researchers in organizational studies, especially those engaged with general management, organizational behavior, human resource management, innovation, entrepreneurship, and strategy, will benefit from reading this relevant and inclusive handbook.

chapter 1|18 pages

Embracing a Constructed Boundary

Mapping Qualitative Research in Organizational Studies

part 19I|58 pages


chapter 4|9 pages

Doing Feminist Research Qualitatively

A Review of What Interpretive Feminist Research Means Today

chapter 5|12 pages

Qualitative Management Research in the Shadow of Imperialism

Some Elementary Remarks on Its Othering Processes from a Muslim Perspective

part 77II|124 pages


chapter 7|21 pages

Single Cases

The What, Why, and How

chapter 8|15 pages

Clio’s Toolkit

The Practice of Historical Methods in Organization Studies

chapter 9|13 pages

Stories as Social Action

Rethinking Narrative Studies of Organizing

chapter 10|13 pages

Bricolage in the Field

Experimenting in Ethnography

chapter 11|16 pages

Innovations in Organizational Ethnography

Being Them, Even without Trying

chapter 12|15 pages

Ethnography as Writing

How Creative Nonfiction Can Inspire Organizational Ethnographers

chapter 13|16 pages

Ethnographic Images of Work

Lessons from Journalism

part 201III|124 pages


chapter 16|15 pages

Whatddya Know?

Qualitative Methods in Entrepreneurship

chapter 19|15 pages

Working, Being, and Researching in Place

A Mixed Methodological Approach for Understanding Digital Experiences

part 325IV|66 pages


chapter 21|16 pages

“Blinded By the Light” or “Seeing the Light”?

Journeys of Positivist Scholars into Qualitative Inquiry

chapter 22|15 pages

Appreciating Emergence and Serendipity in Qualitative Research

Resisting the Urge to Follow Set Plans

chapter 23|13 pages

Reporting After the Summit

Getting Ethnographic Research into Print

chapter 24|7 pages

Reasoning with Qualitative Data

Balancing a Theoretical Contribution

chapter 25|13 pages

“Standing on [Transparent] Shoulders”

Applying Open Source Approaches to Qualitative Management Research

part 391V|87 pages

Frontiers and Reflections

chapter 26|15 pages

Engaging with the Visual

Opportunities for Qualitative Organizational Researchers

chapter 28|17 pages

Network Models of Organizational Routines

Tracing Associations between Actions

chapter 30|12 pages

The Long, Hard Road to Legitimacy for Qualitative Research

A Personal–Professional Journey