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    Templates and turns in qualitative studies of strategy and management

    Langley, A. and Abdallah, Chahrazad (2011) Templates and turns in qualitative studies of strategy and management. In: Ketchen, D.J. and Bergh, D.D. (eds.) Building Methodological Bridges. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management 6. Bingley, UK: Emerald Group Publishing, pp. 201-235. ISBN 9781780520261.

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    Purpose This chapter presents four different approaches to doing and writing qualitative research in strategy and management based on different epistemological foundations. It describes two well-established ‘‘templates’’ for doing such work, and introduces two more recent ‘‘turns’’ that merit greater attention. Design/Methodology/Approach The chapter draws on methodological texts and a detailed analysis of successful empirical exemplars from the strategy and organization literature to show how qualitative research on strategy processes can be effectively carried out and written up. Findings The two ‘‘templates’’ are based on different logics and modes of writing. The first is based on a positivist epistemology and aims to develop nomothetic theoretical propositions, while the second is interpretive and more concerned to capture and gain insight from the meanings given to organizational phenomena. The two ‘‘turns’’ (the practice turn and the discursive turn) are not as well defined but are generating innovative contributions based on new ways of considering the social world. Originality/Value The chapter should be helpful to researchers considering qualitative methods for the study of strategy processes. It contributes by comparing different approaches and by recognizing that part of the challenge of doing qualitative research lies in writing it up to communicate its insights in a credible way. Thus while describing the different methods, the chapter also draws attention to effective forms of writing. In addition, it introduces and assesses two more recent ‘‘turns’’ that offer promising routes to novel insight as well as having particular ontological and epistemological affinities with qualitative research methods.


    Item Type: Book Section
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): case studies, qualitative research, strategy process, strategy as practice, discourse
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Business and Law > Birkbeck Business School
    Depositing User: Chahrazad Abdallah
    Date Deposited: 13 Dec 2012 17:36
    Last Modified: 02 Aug 2023 17:01


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