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Narrative Inquiry in Organisation Studies and Management Research

The fifth demand-led innovation webinar session.

  • 5 Jul 2021, 10.00am to 5 Jul 2021, 12.00pm BST (GMT +01:00)
  • This is an online event.
  • This event is free

The Centre for Qualitative Research is running a series of South West Doctoral Training Partnership (SWDTP)-Funded Demand-Led Qualitative Innovation Sessions.

This webinar is part of the demand-led qualitative innovation sessions. These sessions will provide a deeper and more theoretical exploration of qualitative methods. These webinar-style sessions will consist of 5 stand-alone Demand-Led Qualitative Innovations sessions, delivered on a monthly basis to up to 300 students online. View an overview of all workshops in this series.

Summary of Webinar 5

In this session, Katharina and Stefanie will talk about their experiences of using narrative approaches in the field of Organisation Studies and Management research.

Drawing on their own studies conducted with elite professionals, they will reflect on the value of a narrative approach to understand individuals’ meaning making in context, especially how individuals make sense of career-related events and their work experiences. This session will give insights into narratives as a method that serves a dual purpose - individuals make meaning through narration (through the telling of stories); and narratives as outcomes of this meaning making process.

From a narrative perspective, people’s stories about their relational context are not simply data about the aspects of an external context – with its constraints and opportunities. Rather, narratives offer insights into the ways by which the narrator maintains agency in relation to his or her construal of social space.

Webinar leaders

Dr Katharina Chudzikowski is Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Management, University of Bath. Her research focuses on changing work practices and career development in organisation across different cultural contexts. Particularly, she is interested in the interrelatedness of individuals and new forms of work using narrative approaches.

She has published her work in Journal of Occupational and Organisational Psychology, Human Relation, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and International Journal of Human Resource Management.

She served as Representative-at-Large and Associate Editor to Program Chair for the Career Division, Academy of Management. From 2016 – 2019 she was an elected board member of the European Group of Organisational Studies (EGOS).

Dr Stefanie Gustafsson is Associate Professor of Organisation Studies at the School of Management, University of Bath. Her research interests focus on professionals’ work and career experiences in modern workplaces, trust in organisations and qualitative research methods.

She uses narrative and multimodal methods in her research and teaching and has recently co-authored a book on Temporality in Qualitative Inquiry. Stefanie’s work has been published in journals such Organization Studies, Human Relations and the Journal of Vocational Behavior. Her latest research project is an ESRC funded project into the lived experiences of paraprofessionals in the legal profession.

She holds an Honorary Fellowship at Bayes Business School (formerly Cass). She currently serves a three year term as Representative-at-Large for the Academy of Management (AOM) Careers Division.

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