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This is the authors' accepted manuscript of an article that has been published in its final definitive form by Emerald Group Publishing Ltd , 2016.
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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to highlight the diverse and strong emotions experienced by the researcher when conducting an ethnographic study in an organisational setting.Design/methodology/approachIn this paper extracts from research diaries written over a three-year organisational ethnography study period are presented to the reader.FindingsThis paper provides an insight into the range of emotions that are experienced throughout the various stages of the research process from securing access, to conducting fieldwork and writing up research for publication.Research limitations/implicationsAlthough this paper focusses on organisational ethnography, comparisons are drawn with related disciplines and as such, this paper may also be of interest to those conducting ethnographic studies in other fields.Practical implicationsIt is hoped that the sharing of emotional experiences will better prepare new organisational researchers for the emotions they may experience in the field.Originality/valueThere is a recognised need for more sharing of emotional experience in organisational studies. It is hoped that this paper goes some way to highlighting these emotional challenges and providing a catalyst for other researchers to do the same.
Author(s): Mazzetti AS
Publication type: Article
Publication status: Published
Journal: Journal of Organizational Ethnography
Print publication date: 26/08/2016
Online publication date: 26/08/2016
Acceptance date: 04/08/2016
Date deposited: 22/09/2017
ISSN (print): 2046-6749
ISSN (electronic): 2046-6757
Publisher: Emerald Group Publishing Ltd
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