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Provided by: Social Sciences Research Methods Programme

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Researching Organisations


This course provides an introduction to some of the methodological issues involved in researching organisations. Drawing on examples of studies carried out in a wide range of different types of organisation, the aim will be to explore practical strategies to overcome some of problems that are typically encountered in undertaking such studies.

NOTE: Strike action is taking place between 25 November and 4 December 2019. If the strike goes ahead, this module may be affected. Please see the 'latest news' section on the home page of the SSRMP website for more information.

Target audience
  • University Students from Tier 1 Departments
  • Further details regarding eligibility criteria are available here
Topics covered
  • Session 1: "Getting In" - types of organisations; the research process; gaining access
  • Session 2: "Getting on" - interviews and observation as sources of data; ethics in principle and in practice
  • Session 3: "Getting out" - reporting; fulfilling the bargain; maintaining contact
  • Bryman, A. (1988) Doing Research in Organisations. London: Routledge
  • Garsten, C. & Nyqvist, A. (2013) Organisational Anthropology: Doing Ethnography in and among Complex Organisations. London: Pluto
  • Jones, M. (2014) Researching Organizations. London: Sage

This module is not assessed

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  • The course is taught in the Judge Business School. If students are not familiar with the JBS building, the easiest way to find the rooms is to report to Reception in the JBS building and ask for directions.
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