The philosophy and politics of quality in qualitative organizational research

J.M. Amis, M.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
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2008

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