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Learning to be a qualitative management researcher

Cassell, Catherine; Bishop, Victoria; Symon, Gillian; Johnson, Phil; Buehring,Anna

Conducting management research underpins management learning and education—therefore how the management researcher or practitioner learns research skills is an important issue to be addressed. This paper focuses upon the skills, knowledge and practices required to conduct qualitative management research, and the learning processes that go into their development. A total of 45 in-depth interviews were conducted with key stakeholders in the fi eld. From an analysis of the interview data, the types of skills and knowledge required for the production of good qualitative research were identified, and the learning processes and practices associated with those skills were critiqued. It is argued that the processes by which we learn to do qualitative research, and become effective qualitative researchers, involve both the learning of appropriate skills and knowledge and their use and conceptualization through three types of research practice: refl ection, refl exivity and phronesis. The implications of the analysis for management learning are presented.

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Document Title: Learning to be a qualitative management researcher
Journal: Management Learning
Volume: 40
Issue: 5
No. of Pages: 513-533

Document Type:Journal Article (Peer Reviewed)
Subject Area:Contributory Studies and Research Approaches
Keywords:Management, Research, Qualitative Research, Research, Research Assessment, Research Culture, Researchers, Training

File Size:132 KB
Rights:The Author (S)
Date Added:14 September 2011

Learning to be a qualitative management researcher