Field Research Methods

Andrew H. Van De Ven, Marshall Scott Poole

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There is a growing interest in understanding how and why events unfold over time as individuals, groups, and organizations change. Process studies of organizational change typically employ many methods of field research. Field research includes a wide variety of methods for studying organizational life in its natural setting with first‐hand observations from the viewpoint of a particular individual or group. An extensive literature is available to guide an investigator in conducting field research. This chapter applies some of this knowledge to gain insights on less known methods for studying processes of organizational change in their natural field settings.
Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationThe Blackwell Companion to Organizations
EditorsJoel A. C. Baum
PublisherBlackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISBN (Electronic)9781405164061
ISBN (Print)9780631216940
StatePublished - Oct 23 2017


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