Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide

Paperback | April 20, 2014

EditorPaul K. Edwards, Joe OMahoney, Steve Vincent

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The development of Critical Realism (CR), as a philosophy of science, is generally attributed to a series of books by Roy Bhaskar. It has proven to be influential, not least because it has an affinity with many people's views about the way the world fits together, both within and outside ofacademia. Whilst there are numerous contributions outlining CR theory in sociological and organizational research, as well as general texts about realist ontology, work delineating the consequences of these views for research practice is an emerging area of interest.This book aims to fill a significant gap in the literature by providing a practical guide to the application of CR in empirical research projects. More specifically, it explores the methodological consequences of committing to a CR ontology - the assumptions that researchers from this tradition makeabout the nature of reality. These assumptions are important because ontological commitments, which relate what we believe exists, often affect our epistemological concerns, which relate to our beliefs about how whatever exists can be studied and known. Thus, for a researcher, ontology andepistemology are important because they have consequences for the possibilities and limits of the research methods, techniques, and analyses that they employ. The book explains what CR is and outlines the logic of research design. In a series of chapters on major social science research methods, purpose-written by experts in the relevant technique, the book contains extended illustration of how to conduct inquiry using CR.

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The development of Critical Realism (CR), as a philosophy of science, is generally attributed to a series of books by Roy Bhaskar. It has proven to be influential, not least because it has an affinity with many people's views about the way the world fits together, both within and outside ofacademia. Whilst there are numerous contributi...

Paul Edwards has been Professor of Employment Relations at the University of Birmingham since 2011; he was previously at Warwick University, where he was Director of the Industrial Relations Research Unit. He has published widely on work and employment, including The Politics of Working Life (with Judy Wajcman; OUP, 2005). He is a Fel...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:400 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.68 inPublished:April 20, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Roy Bhaskar: Foreword1. Joe O Mahoney and Steve Vincent: Critical Realism as an Empirical Project: A Beginner s Guide2. Stephen Ackroyd and Jan Ch. Karlsson: Critical Realism, Research Techniques, and Research Designs3. Wendy Sims-Schouten and Sarah Riley: Employing a Form of Critical Realist Discourse Analysis for Identity Research: An Example from Women s Talk of Motherhood, Childcare and Employment4. Abigail Marks and Joe O Mahoney: Researching Identity: a Critical Realist Approach5. Steve Kempster and Ken Parry: Critical Realism and Grounded Theory6. Chris Smith and Tony Elger: Critical Realism and Interviewing Subjects7. Chris Rees and Mark Gatenby: Critical Realism and Ethnography8. Steve Vincent and Robert Wapshott: Critical Realism and the Organizational Case Study: A Guide to Discovering Institutional Mechanisms9. Ian Kessler and Stephen Bach: Comparing Cases10. AyseSaka-Helmhout: Critical Realism and International Comparative Research11. Monder Ram, Paul Edwards Trevor Jones, Alex Kiselinchev and LovemoreMuchenje: Pulling the Levers of Agency: Implementing Critical Realist Action Research12. Alistair Mutch: History and Documents in Critical Realism13. Scott A. Hurrell: Critical Realism and Mixed Methods Research: Combining the Extensive and Intensive at Multiple Levels14. Joanne Greenhalgh: Realist Synthesis15. Malcolm Williams: Probability and Models16. Andrew Brown and John Michael Roberts: An Appraisal of the Contribution of Critical Realism to Qualitative and Quantitative Research Methodology: Is Dialectics the Way Forward?17. Paul K. Edwards, Steve Vincent and Joe O Mahoney: Concluding Comments