Presenting Findings from Qualitative Research: One Size Does Not Fit All!

Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Forthcoming

University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper

Posted: 7 Dec 2019

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Trish Reay

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Asma Zafar

Independent

Pedro Monteiro

University of New South Wales (UNSW), UNSW Business School, Students

Vern Glaser

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization

Date Written: April 11, 2019

Abstract

In this chapter, the authors explore the state of our field in terms of ways to present qualitative findings. The authors analyze all articles based on qualitative research methods published in the Academy of Management Journal from 2010 to 2017 and supplement this by informally surveying colleagues about their “favorite” qualitative authors. As a result, the authors identify five ways of presenting qualitative findings in research articles. The authors suggest that each approach has advantages as well as limitations, and that the type of data and theorizing is an important consideration in determining the most appropriate approach for the presentation of findings. The authors hope that by identifying these approaches, they enrich the way authors, reviewers, and editors approach the presentation of qualitative findings.

Keywords: qualitative research, interpretive research, findings presentation, templates, vignettes, writing

Suggested Citation

Reay, Trish and Zafar, Asma and Monteiro, Pedro and Glaser, Vern, Presenting Findings from Qualitative Research: One Size Does Not Fit All! (April 11, 2019). Research in the Sociology of Organizations, Forthcoming, University of Alberta School of Business Research Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3498623

Trish Reay (Contact Author)

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada
780-492-4246 (Phone)
780-492-3325 (Fax)

Asma Zafar

Independent ( email )

Pedro Monteiro

University of New South Wales (UNSW), UNSW Business School, Students ( email )

Sydney, New South Wales
Australia

Vern Glaser

University of Alberta - Department of Strategic Management and Organization ( email )

Edmonton, Alberta T6G 2R6
Canada

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