Professor Daniel Geiger´s workshop on Ethnographic methods is drawing a crowd!

Professor Daniel Geiger was kind enough to give a workshop too about his view of ethnography and its practice. It was three hours really well spent on the challenges that faces anyone that is interested in such methods, summarized into collecting, analysing and writing up such data! Several good examples of his and others were provided as food for thought to the participants.

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Rantatalo, Lindberg, Kihlberg & Hällgren – Negotiations and Research Bargains: Bending Professional Norms in the Effort to Gain Field Access

This morning Ola received the news that our paper is available to everyone. The paper is published on an “open access” basis and as a consequence open to anyone! It details the methodological struggles that we have had with one of our projects, and the kind of challenges and opportunities that arose from those – and how we navigated the treacherous waters.

You find the paper here

Abstract
The present study provides an autoethnographic account of the efforts to gain field access to a police organization, spanning more than 2 years. The aim is to describe a case of gaining access in relation to the professional norms of science put forward by Robert K. Merton. Aided by an organized record of notes, e-mails, and other written communications regarding access (144 memos of various types), the study describes and discusses the negotiations with Mertonian norms that followed from the dissonance between ideals of research and practical reality. Opening up for further scholarly discussion, this article concludes that Merton’s norms are incongruent with both prevailing guidelines of research ethics and with the practical, short-term problems of access negotiations and research bargains.

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ODD seminar – The “WHY” of TripleEd

Today we had a ODD seminar again. This time it was Markus turn to host it. We made use of something as unscientific as Simon Sinek´s “Find your why” to explore the “hidden” reasons to what we are doing. It took a good part of 2,5 hours and we could probably have continued (and will continue), but now we have a draft of a statement. We will not reveal it for the public just yet but it do catch the essence of why we are doing what we are doing.

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Article accepted – Alison Stowell & Samantha Warren on “The Institutionalization of Suffering: Embodied inhabitation and the maintenance of health and safety in e-waste recycling” in Organization studies

Some two years ago, TripleEd arranged a workshop on experimental methods and approaches in extreme contexts. As part of the workshop Alison and Sam (a guest researcher at USBE, and involved with TripleEd) participated and was kind enough to later give a presentation at USBE on a paper they were working on. Now that very paper has been published, congratulations Alison and Sam!!! The paper is entitled “The Institutionalization of Suffering: Embodied inhabitation and the maintenance of health and safety in e-waste recycling ” and is accepted for publication in Organization Studies!

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ODD seminar on Orchestrating reforms

This week it was Robert´s turn to arrange the ODD seminar. We discussed the paper “Orchestrating reforms” that Robert have written with Oscar, Ola and Markus. The paper deals with how multimodal resources are used in videos for sensegiving of the reform. As always a very nice way of ending the week!

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Seminar & Workshop with David Buchanan

The other week we had the absolute pleasure of welcoming professor David Buchanan to Umeå as part of the research exchange program financed by Riksbankens jubileumsfond.

During the visit David met with several people in the research group to discuss how to push articles and ideas forward. David also gave one seminar and one workshop related to methods used to overcome the challenge of studying extreme contexts. The workshop was about the use of fiction in studying management and organisation, most specifically movies, such as zombie movies. The seminar was related to the book he is about to publish with the late Alan Bryman. (link here). The book, “Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research” deals with numerous less conventional methods (such as film) is used to access hard to access settings.

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