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Composing Qualitative Research

Composing Qualitative Research

Second Edition

144 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Providing both theoretical and practical guidance for students and researchers who need to transform the massive amounts of data collected through qualitative fieldwork into a coherent manuscript, the Second Edition draws on examples from various publications, including Administrative Science Quarterly and Academy of Management Journal, are used throughout the volume for analysis.
Writing about Writing

Writing our Fieldwork

Focus on “Story”

Organization of Chapters

The Style and Practice of Our Academic Writing
The Predominant Style of Academic Writing: Unadorned and Disembodied

Experiencing the Practice of Academic Writing

The Style and Practice of Academic Writing: Interested and Persuasive Discourse

Our Writing Task

Crafting a Theorized Storyline
Establishing Theorized Storylines

Developing the Theorized Storyline
Compelling Beginnings

Novel Use of Methodology

Data-Theory Coupling

Storylines with Field and Theory Complications

Characterizing the Storyteller
Storyteller in the Guise of Institutional and Human Scientist

Institutional and Human Storyteller in Relationship to the Studied

Institutional and Human Portrayals as Technically Competent Storyteller

Institutional and Human Scientist as Field Knowledgeable Storyteller

Re-Writing the Story
Re-writing the Manuscript Prior to Journal Review

Re-writing the Manuscript During the Journal Review Process

Re-writing the Articulated Theorized Storylines

Reflections on the Re-Written Manuscripts


Concluding Comments

Appendix: Articles Used as Illustrations
About the Authors

"For professionals and students in the social sciences and management, Golden-Biddle and Locke explain how to transform field work experience of qualitative research into journal articles."

Book News

The book has interesting ideas about how to write down the reports generated from qualitative research but I will not adopt this for my method course since I need to have a book that explains first the main research methods.

Faculty of Economics and Business Administration, Free Univ., Amsterdam
January 16, 2015

The book is very suitable for doctoral students and other academics. Parts of it can be potentially useful for students writing their Master thesis using qualitative research methods.

Mr Roel Boomsma
Amsterdam Business Sch Research Inst, University of Amsterdam
February 19, 2013

Useful reference on how to actually write up the results of qualitative research

Dr Kalpana Shankar
School of Info. & Library Studies SILS, University College Dublin
December 22, 2011

A fantastic resource for doctoral students and academics alike. Highly informative and very readable.

Dr Alexandra Bristow
School of Management, Surrey University
June 10, 2011

Some valuable advice and examples for students considering a qualitative research project

Dr John McCarthy
Management , University of Limerick
May 30, 2011

Although aimed primarily at the process of writing for journal articles, the content is transferable to the process of writing a doctoral thesis. Chapter Two and the discussion on identifying a gap in the present literature is particularly useful.

Dr Sandra Corlett
Newcastle Business School, Northumbria University
September 18, 2010

Excellent book for advanced doc students

Anna Wilson
Education Dept, Chapman University - Orange
October 26, 2009

Sample Materials & Chapters


Chapter 1

Karen Golden-Biddle

Karen Golden-Biddle is Professor of Organizational Behavior and Everett W. Lord Distinguished Faculty Scholar at Boston University School of Management.  She currently serves as Senior Associate Dean, with responsibility for faculty, research and curricular innovation at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In her research, Karen studies organizational and system change, and has published more than 50 articles and two books: Composing Qualitative Research (Golden-Biddle and Locke, 2007) and Using a Positive Lens to Explore Social Change and Organizations (Golden-Biddle and Dutton, 2012). Her most recent article (2013), "How to... More About Author

Karen Locke

Karen Locke is W. Brooks George Professor of Business Administration at the College of William and Mary’s school of business, where she is a member of the management area. She joined the faculty there in 1989 after earning her Ph.D in organizational behavior from Case Western Reserve University. Her work focuses on developing a sociology of knowledge in organizational studies with an emphasis on the production of scientific texts and on the use of qualitative research for the investigation of organizational phenomena. She has published in journals such as Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, and Studies in Organization,... More About Author

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