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A Bricolage Approach to Conducting Trustworthy Qualitative Research
Speaker: Prof. Michael G. (“Mike”) Pratt (Boston College)

I will discuss methodological bricolage as an organizing metaphor for how to do qualitative methods. Methodological bricolage involves the combining of analytic moves for the purpose of solving a problem or problems tailored to one’s own research project. It also focuses on an alternative way of looking at the trustworthiness in qualitative research – a very contested and timely topic today. In addition to discussing some of the costs and benefits of this approach, I will discuss the broader issue of publishing qualitative research in top-tier journals as time and interest permits.

Readings:
- Pratt, M G, Sonenshein, S & Feldman, M (2020) Moving Beyond Templates: A Bricolage Approach to Conducting Trustworthy Qualitative Research. ORM
- Pratt, M G, Kaplan, S & Whittington, R (2020) Editorial Essay: The Tumult over Transparency: Decoupling Transparency from Replication in Establishing Trustworthy Qualitative Research. ASQ 65(1): 1-19
- Pratt, M G (2008) Fitting Oval Pegs into Round Holes: Tensions in Evaluating and Publishing Qualitative Research in Top-Tier North American journals. ORM. 11(3): 481-509
- Langley, A & Abdallah, C (2011) Templates and turns in qualitative studies of strategy and management. Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, 6, 105-140
- Gioia, D A, Corley, K G, & Hamilton, A L (2013) Seeking qualitative rigor in inductive
research: Notes on the Gioia methodology. ORM, 16(1), 15-31
- Eisenhardt, K M (2021) "What is the Eisenhardt Method, really?." Strategic Organization 19(1): 147-160

Michael G. Pratt (PhD Michigan) is an AOM Fellow and the O’Connor Family Professor at the Carroll School of Management at Boston College. His recent research focuses on identity processes, meaningful work, trust in organizations, as well as on the writing, evaluating, and publishing of qualitative research. He is an associate editor at the Administrative Science Quarterly.

Nov 11, 2021 03:00 PM in London

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