The Second Edition of The SAGE Handbook of Qualitative Research in Psychology provides comprehensive coverage of the qualitative methods, strategies, and research issues in psychology. Qualitative research in psychology has been transformed since the first edition's publication. Responding to this evolving field, existing chapters have been updated while three new chapters have been added on Thematic Analysis, Interpretation, and Netnography. With a focus on methodological progress throughout, the chapters are organised into three sections: Section One: Methods Section Two: Perspectives and Techniques Section Three: Applications In the field of psychology and beyond, this handbook will constitute a valuable resource for both experienced qualitative researchers and novices for many years to come.

Qualitative Methods in Organizational Psychology

Elena Doldor Jo Silvester Doyin Atewologun

Introduction

Work and organizational psychology has a rich tradition in qualitative research, yet anyone new to the field could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. Most academic journals and conference papers are dominated by empirical investigations that fit a positivist ‘scientific’ epistemology. In fact, organizational psychologists have been criticized for lagging far behind other social science disciplines in utilizing qualitative methods (Spector, 2001). This chapter explores where and how qualitative research is (or is not) used in organizational psychology.

First, we provide a historical context for the growth of organizational psychology as a field, and some of the research traditions associated with its growth. ...

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