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Management ConsultancyBoundaries and Knowledge in Action$
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Andrew Sturdy, Karen Handley, Timothy Clark, and Robin Fincham

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780199212644

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212644.001.0001

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The research—case studies and research methods

The research—case studies and research methods

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(p.45) 3 The research—case studies and research methods
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Management Consultancy
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Andrew Sturdy (Contributor Webpage)

Karen Handley (Contributor Webpage)

Timothy Clark (Contributor Webpage)

Robin Fincham (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199212644.003.0003

The assumptions, methods, practices, and contexts of the research are set out as a reference point for the analysis in subsequent chapters. In particular, the issues involved in obtaining research access for an observational and exploratory study of client‐consultant relations are discussed before providing overviews of each of the case study projects and their key participants. The methods of data collection used (e.g. observation, interviews and documents) are then described along with those of data analysis such as data coding techniques. Finally, the process through which core topics of boundary complexity, sector knowledge, challenge and humour were selected along with the use of data to develop them is set out.

Keywords:   case study, observation, research access, research methods, data analysis

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