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Doing Interpretive Research: Reconnecting with the Hermeneutic Tradition
Prof Catherine Welch (Trinity College Dublin)

Thursday, 15th of December at 10am (Eastern) / 3pm (London) / 8.30pm (Delhi). This webinar is scheduled for 90 minutes (incl. Q&A).

In this webinar we will explore a hermeneutic tradition of doing interpretive research which challenges the researcher to question the clues from the field, rather than take them at face value. Even if informants are candid and open, researchers can only begin to understand their responses by placing them into their broader social webs of meaning. Reconnecting with the hermeneutic tradition does not mean following a ‘template’, or prescribed set of steps. Rather, hermeneutic research can be guided by heuristics: thought patterns and probing questions that assist the interpretive process. In this webinar, we will discuss these key heuristics that can guide the research process, and how they change our understanding of ‘first-order’ and ‘second-order’ concepts in interpretive research.

Recommended reading:
• Gioia, D., et al. (2022). A curated debate: On using “templates” in qualitative research. Journal of Management Inquiry, 31(3), 231–252.
• Mees-Buss, J., Welch, C., & Piekkari, R. (2022). From templates to heuristics: How and why to move beyond the Gioia methodology. Organizational Research Methods, 25(2), 405-429.
• Schaefer, S. M., & Alvesson, M. (2020), ‘Epistemic attitudes and source critique in qualitative research’, Journal of Management Inquiry, 29(1), 33-45.
• Silverman, D. (2017), ‘How was it for you? The interview society and the irresistible rise of the (poorly analysed) interview’, Qualitative Research, 17(2): 144-158
• Van Maanen, J. (1979). The fact of fiction in organizational ethnography. ASQ, 24(4), 539-550

About the speaker:
Catherine Welch is Chair of Strategic Management at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland and a Distinguished Visiting Professor at Aalto University, Finland.

Dec 15, 2022 03:00 PM in London

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