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Studying Organizations Using Critical Realism: A Practical Guide

Paul K. Edwards, Joe O'Mahoney, and Steve Vincent


This book provides a practical guide to the application of Critical Realism (CR) in empirical research projects. CR is an increasingly popular philosophy of social science, but it is generally stated at a high level of abstraction. The book applies its ideas. It explains CR, outlines the logic of research design, and has a series of purpose-written chapters on major social science research methods. Each chapter is written by an expert in the relevant technique and contains extended illustration of how to conduct inquiry using CR.

Keywords: critical realism, methodology, ontology, research methods, data collection, qualitative research, quantitative research

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665525
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665525.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Paul K. Edwards, editor
Professor of Employment Relations, University of Birmingham

Joe O'Mahoney, editor
Senior Lecturer, Cardiff University

Steve Vincent, editor
Professor of Human Resource Management, University of Newcastle

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1 Critical Realism as an Empirical Project

Joe O’Mahoney, and Steve Vincent

4 Researching Identity

Abigail Marks, and Joe O’Mahoney

5 Critical Realism and Grounded Theory

Steve Kempster, and Ken Parry

6 Critical Realism and Interviewing Subjects

Chris Smith, and Tony Elger

7 Critical Realism and Ethnography

Chris Rees, and Mark Gatenby

8 Critical Realism and the Organizational Case Study

Steve Vincent, and Robert Wapshott

9 Comparing Cases

Ian Kessler, and Stephen Bach

11 Pulling the Levers of Agency

Monder Ram, Paul K. Edwards, Trevor Jones, Alex Kiselinchev, and Lovemore Muchenje

14 Realist Synthesis

Joanne Greenhalgh

15 Probability and Models

Malcolm Williams

17 Concluding Comments

Paul K. Edwards, Steve Vincent, and Joe O’Mahoney

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