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    Towards an integrative reflexivity in organisational research

    Tomkins, L. and Eatough, Virginia (2010) Towards an integrative reflexivity in organisational research. Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management 5 (2), pp. 162-181. ISSN 1746-5648.

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    Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to offer a more integrative and inclusive conceptualisation of reflexivity as a way of identifying, understanding and managing some of the risks associated with reflexivity's potentially solipsistic “inward turn”. Design/methodology/approach – The paper draws on the authors' experience of empirical qualitative research with working carers. This experience is grounded within the traditions of interpretative phenomenology and critical epistemology. Findings – Two reflexive risks: an unintended focus on researcher rather than participant; and process at the expense of substance are discussed and the first of these, reflexive narcissism, is associated with the recognition of biographical similarity between researcher and participant, and the second, a kind of reflexive “process‐ism”, with certain research designs involving meta‐reflection with participants on the research experience. The paper advocates the use of multiple reflexivities and an intrinsic sensibility to reflexive possibility throughout the duration of a research programme. Research limitations/implications – The paper offers an alternative model of reflexivity and some practical guidelines, which may be of value to researchers working across a range of different qualitative methodologies. Practical implications – The paper makes some preliminary observations about the phenomenon of the working carer, which may be of value to organisational practitioners. Originality/value – The approach to reflexivity outlined in this paper helps to clarify some of the issues and difficulties associated with the reflexive thesis, and in particular, will help less experienced qualitative researchers to avoid some common pitfalls of reflexive practice.


    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): phenomenology, organizational theory, carers, employee attitudes, flexible working hours
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 19 May 2015 09:43
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27


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