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This paper addresses the methodological issue of how researchers gain access and build trust in order to conduct research in organisations. We focus in particular on the role of interests (what an actor wants, or what they stand to gain or lose) in the research relationship. Our analysis shows how notions of interests, stake and motive were managed during an ethnographic action research study in a UK subsidiary of a multi-national corporation. We use an approach to discourse analysis inspired by the field of Discursive Psychology to identify four discursive devices: stake inoculation, stake confession, stake attribution and stake construction. We contribute to the understanding of research methodology by identifying the importance of interest-talk in the process of doing management research.
Author(s): Whittle A, Mueller F, Lenney P, Gilchrist A
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: British Journal of Management
Print publication date: 09/07/2014
Online publication date: 10/05/2013
Acceptance date: 01/01/1900
Date deposited: 23/10/2014
ISSN (print): 1045-3172
ISSN (electronic): 1467-8551
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
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