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The Work of ManagersTowards a Practice Theory of Management$
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Stefan Tengblad

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199639724

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199639724.001.0001

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Refining shadowing methods for studying managerial work

Refining shadowing methods for studying managerial work

(p.301) 16 Refining shadowing methods for studying managerial work
The Work of Managers

Rebecka Arman

Ola Edvin Vie

Håvard Åsvoll

Oxford University Press

This chapter uses the research methodology of shadowing to present managerial work. The concept of abduction is used to illustrate the potential flexibility of semi-structured managerial observations. The chapter describes the value of shadowing as a research methodology because of the access it provides to managerial work. In addition, the use of structure in field observations complements the anecdotal or unstructured recording of events and conversations. In the analysis of empirical data, repeated codings and coding changes are possible. Examples of abductions are developed into theoretical concepts. New theoretical contributions are possible when a combination of structure and flexibility is balanced with openness to surprising ideas throughout the research process.

Keywords:   managerial work, shadowing, abduction, semi-structured observations

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