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An exploration of the emotional impact of organisational ethnography

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Angela MazzettiORCiD



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.

Publication metadata

Author(s): Mazzetti AS

Publication type: Article

Publication status: Published

Journal: Journal of Organizational Ethnography

Year: 2016

Volume: 5

Issue: 3

Pages: 304-316

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


DOI: 10.1108/JOE-07-2016-0018


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