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Session Type: PDW Workshop
Program Session: 431 | Submission: 11858 | Sponsor(s): (OMT, RM)
Scheduled: Saturday, Aug 5 2017 3:45PM - 5:15PM at Atlanta Marriott Marquis in Marquis M301
Being There/Being Them: Comparative Approaches to Ethnography
Comparative Ethnography

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Organizer: Michel Anteby, Boston U.
Organizer: Audrey Holm, Boston U.
Presenter: Julia DiBenigno, Yale School of Management
Presenter: Melissa Valentine, Stanford U.
Discussant: Kathleen Eisenhardt, Stanford U.
This professional development workshop seeks to explore comparative approaches to ethnography as a method for advancing management scholarship and developing new theory. Comparative ethnography enables researchers to study how important processes and relationships vary across organizations, sites, or settings, using multiple cases to extend and refine theory through replication or disconfirmation. Comparative field research can lead to the generation of novel theories by uncovering surprising commonalities and/or differences in processes and outcomes; it provides grounds to generalize findings across and within organizations; it enables the specific identification of boundary conditions; finally, it offers an opportunity to link processes and institutional contexts. We seek to encourage the exploration of employing a comparative approach in current ethnographic projects by discussing the practical and theoretical challenges and benefits associated with it. Using an interactive format, the workshop will address two primary questions. First, conceptually and tactically, what are the challenges and opportunities associated with the use of comparative ethnography? Second, what might be the implications of those challenges and opportunities for the way ethnographers select settings, design research, as well as collect, analyze, and theorize their data?
The workshop is divided into a general panel session where presenters will each share their experience conducting comparative ethnographic projects and a breakout session where table hosts facilitate small- group discussions of participants’ projects.
Search Terms: Ethnography | Qualitative methods | Comparison
KEY TO SYMBOLS Teaching-oriented Teaching-oriented   Practice-oriented Practice-oriented   International-oriented International-oriented   Theme-oriented Theme-oriented   Research-oriented Research-oriented   Teaching-oriented Diversity-oriented
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