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Context in Action and How to Study It: Illustrations from Health Care

Ninna Meier and Sue Dopson


The concept of context is a cornerstone of a large part of social science research, particularly in organization and management studies, yet it has received little theoretical and methodological attention in lieu of its relevance. This book offers a definition of context as a theoretical construct, a discussion of the methodological implications of this, and a framework for how to reflect upon and operationalize the role of context in the different stages of a research process, from formulating research questions to analyzing and writing about results. The chapters presented here integrate les ... More

Keywords: Context, action, contextual analysis, research methods, organizational change, healthcare

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Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780198805304
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198805304.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ninna Meier, editor
Associate Professor, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg university

Sue Dopson, editor
Rhodes Trust Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

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1 Foregrounding Context in Action

Ninna Meier and Sue Dopson

2 Theoretical Lenses on Context

Ninna Meier and Sue Dopson

Part I Context: What Constitutes the Context of a Situation/Event or Phenomenon?

4 Enacted Context

Louise Fitzgerald

6 Bringing the Hospital Back In

Kjell Tryggestad, Chris Harty, and Peter Holm Jacobsen

Part II Actors: How Do Actors Understand, Experience, and Engage with Context?

8 Technology in Context

Helle Sofie Wentzer

9 Patients, Families, and Care Settings

Louise Locock, Glenn Robert, and Ninna Meier

Part III Change: How Do Contexts Change, and What Is the Role of Actors in Such Processes?

15 Context in Action

Ninna Meier and Sue Dopson

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