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    Three Responses to the Methodological Challenges of Studying Strategizing


    Balogun, Julia and Huff, Anne Sigismund and Johnson, Phyl (2003) Three Responses to the Methodological Challenges of Studying Strategizing. Journal of Management Studies, 40 (1). pp. 197-224. ISSN 0022-2380

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    Abstract

    Empirical studies of strategizing face contradictory pressures. Ethnographic approaches are attractive, and typically expected since we need to collect data on strategists and their practices within context. We argue, however, that today’s large, multinational, and highly diversified organizational settings require complimentary methods providing more breadth and flexibility. This paper discusses three particularly promising approaches (interactive discussion groups, self-reports, and practitioner-led research) that fit the increasingly disparate research paradigms now being used to understand strategizing and other management issues. Each of these approaches is based on the idea that strategizing research cannot advance significantly without reconceptualizing frequently taken-for-granted assumptions about the way to do research and the way we engage with organizational participants. The paper focuses in particular on the importance of working with organizational members as research partners rather than passive informants.

    Item Type: Article
    Additional Information: The definitive version of this article is available at www.blackwell-synergy.com DOI: 10.1111/1467-6486.t01-1-00009
    Keywords: methodologies; strategizing; strategists; ethnographic approaches; business strategy; organizational research;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 3820
    Depositing User: Anne Huff
    Date Deposited: 14 Aug 2012 14:04
    Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Management Studies
    Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
    Refereed: Yes
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