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The use of a research diary as a tool for reflexive practice: Some reflections from management research

  • Sara Nadin
  • Catherine Cassell
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    Purpose – To provide a practical example of how a research diary can be used to aid reflexivity in the research process. Whilst there have been increasing calls for reflexivity in management research, little has been written about how to “do” reflexivity in practice. Design/methodology/approach – Qualitative data from the first author's research diary which relate to three distinctive experiences are used as analytical examples. Findings – The research diary was a valuable tool, prompting insights which informed a variety of methodological and theoretical decisions in relation to the research. Practical implications – Suggests that all researchers should systematically use a research diary, regardless of epistemological position. However, what is needed first and foremost is a commitment to the pursuit of reflexivity and awareness on ones' own epistemological assumptions. Originality/value – The paper gives a practical example of how to practice reflexivity, something which is lacking in the current literature. It is intended to be of use to those management researchers interested in pursuing reflexive research.

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    Article provided by Emerald Group Publishing in its journal Qualitative Research in Accounting & Management.

    Volume (Year): 3 (2006)
    Issue (Month): 3 (September)
    Pages: 208-217

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    Handle: RePEc:eme:qrampp:v:3:y:2006:i:3:p:208-217
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    1. Phil Johnson & Joanne Duberley, 2003. "Reflexivity in Management Research," Journal of Management Studies, Wiley Blackwell, vol. 40(5), pages 1279-1303, 07.
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