The philosophy and politics of quality in qualitative organizational research

John, M Amis, Michael L Silk

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Within this article, the authors outline the political and institutional structures that work to formulate operating norms that govern what is considered to be ``acceptable'' qualitative organizational research, and the quality indicators attached to foundational, quasi-foundational, and nonfoundational research orientations. They argue that encouraging a plurality of methods and representations will better position the field of organizational studies to address the most significant questions of our time. Located within this position, they call for a democratization of what counts in organizational research: a more considered and central space for nonhegemonic approaches to qualitative work. In so doing, they champion a moral-sacred epistemology that foregrounds ethical and moral concerns as underpinning both the purpose and the quality of the research.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)456-480
Number of pages25
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
Issue number3
Early online date12 Aug 2007
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2008


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