Getting on with field research using participant deconstruction
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This paper adds to the repertoire of field research methods through developing the technique of ‘participant deconstruction’. This technique involves research participants challenging and re-interpreting organizational texts through the application of orienting, disorienting and re-orienting deconstructive questions. We show how participant deconstruction complements existing strategies for ‘getting on’ with field research – cultivating relationships, developing outsider knowledge and mobilising insider knowledge – by facilitating research participants’ questioning and challenging of organizational texts and thus opening up alternative latent understandings, illuminating concealed meanings and supporting reflexivity for participants and researchers, thereby opening up fruitful lines of inquiry. We illustrate the application of the technique with examples drawn from healthcare research projects. Through gathering further practitioner feedback from a variety of alternative contexts, we go on to demonstrate the potential application of participant deconstruction in a range of field contexts, by different types of practitioners undertaking deconstructive readings of a wide variety of organizational texts. We also offer suggestions for further research to extend the technique.
Wright , A , Middleton , S , Hibbert , P C & Brazil , V 2018 , ' Getting on with field research using participant deconstruction ' , Organizational Research Methods , vol. OnlineFirst . https://doi.org/10.1177/1094428118782589
Organizational Research Methods
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DescriptionWe acknowledge the support of the Australian Research Council in providing funding for this project under Linkage Project grant LP0989662 and Discovery Project grant DP140103237.
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