Ethnography and Organizational Processes

van Hulst, Merlijn and Ybema, Sierk and Yanow, Dvora (2016) Ethnography and Organizational Processes. In: The SAGE Handbook of Process Organization Studies. SAGE Publications, London, UK, pp. 223-236. ISBN 9781473957954

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Ethnography, we think, is well suited for process studies, as ethnographers draw close enough to observe the precariousness of organizational processes, stay long enough to see change occurring, and are contextually sensitive enough to understand the twists and turns that are part of organizational life. In presenting ethnography as a crucial method for studying organizational processes, this chapter discusses what we see as the central aspects of ethnography – fieldwork, sensework, and textwork – and their ability to elucidate such processes. The chapter illustrates how organizational ethnography – through the researcher's immersion in, and analysis of, the field setting – is able to capture the unfolding of organizational life and its dynamism in two different ways: taking ‘long shots’ by following developments over an extended period of time (long-term dynamics), and making ‘close-ups’ of the micro-dynamics of day-to-day organizational life (short-term dynamics). Finally, it reflects on how organizational ethnography itself might gain from adopting a more explicitly processual approach.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Ethnography, Process theory, Organizing
Faculty: ARCHIVED Lord Ashcroft International Business School (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Prof Sierk Ybema
Date Deposited: 30 May 2018 13:18
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 16:13

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