Organizational Ethnography

Learning Objectives

Key concepts

Type of classes

How to pass the course

Course schedule

Readings

Additional recommended readings

Other resources

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Learning objectives

Knowledge

  • To understand the basic patterns of culture creation

  • To understand how communication patterns develop and how they can be researched

  • To be acquainted with contemporary ideas and models and theories of organization and understand how they can be studied as social processes

Skills

  • To be able to apply qualitative methods to suitable research areas

  • To develop proactive skills with regard to culture creation and innovation

  • To be able to perform diagnosis of organization’s cultural system

 

Social competencies:

  • To develop sociological and organizational imagination

  • To develop competence in proactive problem solving with regard to social subsystems of organizations

  • To develop competence in systems thinking

 

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Key concepts

Organizations, culture, symbols. Sociological and organizational imagination. Organizational symbolism. Qualitative methods. Ethnographic perspective.

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Type of classes

Lectures and seminars.

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How to pass the course

 

  • Class participation is obligatory for the seminars
  • Group project presented in class. Presentation of small group research project carried out by means of a specific method. Possible media: traditional ppt presentation, theatrical performance (with interpretation and comments), film created by the students (with interpretation and comments), own visual arts presentation, dance in own choreography (with interpretation and comments), own music (with interpretation and comments), etc. Participants: 3-4 students per group.
  • Written report - research summary (3 pages max).
  • All lectures are in English. The students decide themselves if they want to present their projects in English or in Polish, as well as about the language of the final exam (possible choices: Polish, English, Swedish, French). Please provide a presentation in English summarizing your main points so that all students can follow and understand what you are saying (if in another language than English)



    Selected written reports published here.

           Reviews of presentations are now up! here

 

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Course schedule

Lectures

Tuesdays, 13:15-14:45

room 1.111

  1. 26 February
    Studying culture.

  2. 12 March
    Narratives.

  3. 26 March
    Research methods: Non-participant and direct observation
    Participant observation.
    Kostera, Monika (2007) "Observation" in: Monika Kostera, Organizational ethnography: Methods and inspirations. (Translation from Polish by Dominika Latusek). Lund: Studentlitteratur (pdf).
    Recommended literature (covert observation): Anna Rogowska (2011) "Rekturacja jako proces komunikacji" w: Monika Kostera (red.) Etnografia organizacji: Badania polskich firm i instytucji. Gdańsk, GWP, s.

  4. 9 April
    Research methods: Interview.
    Kostera, Monika (2007) "Interview", in: Monika Kostera, Organizational ethnography: Methods and inspirations. (Translation from Polish by Dominika Latusek). Lund: Studentlitteratur (pdf).
    Guest presentation by Piotr Ołdak, Kamila Brodzińska and Katarzyna Wilczek


  5. 30 April
    Research methods: Text analysis.


  6. 14 May
    Research methods: Visual ethnography
    Interpretation and QUality Assurance

  7. 28 May
    Research methods: Studying imagination through archetypes.
    Narrative collage



Seminars

Tuesdays, 13:15-14:45

room 1.111

  1. 5 March
    How do prepare and present an ethnographic project (for this course as well as for other purposes)

  2. 19 March
    Seminar: Symbolization

  3. 2 April
    Seminar: Foretelling the future... (institutionalization)
    14:15-14:45 Guest presentation of students' project by Magdalena Iwaniuk: "How to live together being different?"


  4. 16 April
    Presentations
    : Non-participant observation

  5. 7 May
    13:15-14:00 Guest lecture: prof. Tuomo Peltonen, "The Origins of Organizing"
    Presentations
    : Direct observation

  6. 21 May
    Presentations
    : Interview

  7. 4 June
    Presentation
    : Visual ethnography.


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Readings

Kostera, Monika (2003) Antropologia organizacji. Warszawa: PWN.
alternatively: Kostera, Monika (2007) Organizational ethnography. Lund: Studentlitteratur.

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Additional recommended readings

 

  • Czarniawska, Barbara (2010) Trochę inna teoria organizacji. Warszawa: Polext.
  • Kostera, Monika i Martyna Śliwa (2012) Zarządzanie w XXI wieku. Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Glinka, Beata i Monika Kostera (2016) (red.) Nowe kierunki w organizacji i zarządzaniu. Warszawa: Wolters Kluwer.
  • Kostera, Monika (2011) (red.) Etnografia organizacji. Gdańsk: GWP.
  • Mencwel, Andrzej (2007) Wyobraźnia antropologiczna. Warszawa: UW.
  • Willis, Paul (2005) Wyobraźnia antropologiczna. Kraków: UJ.

    alternatively, in English:
  • Agar, Michael (1986) Speaking of ethnography. Newbury Park - London - New Delhi: Sage.
  • Czarniawska, Barbara (2014) Form field to desk. London: SAGE.
  • Denzin, Norman K. (1992) Symbolic interactionism and cultural studies: The politics of interpretation. Oxford - Cambridge USA: Blackwell.
  • Pachirat, Timothy (2018) Among wolves: Ethnography and the immersive study of power. London: Routledge.
  • Silverman, David (1993/1994) Interpreting qualitative data: Methods for analysing talk, text, and interaction. London - Thousand Oaks - New Delhi: Sage.
  • Silverman, David (2000) Doing qualitative research: A practical handbook. London-Thousand Oaks-New Delhi: Sage.

 

 

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Other resources

Further readings

How to write academically

Transcription programme (freeware)

Programme helping with work with ethnographic material (freeware)

Master's and doctoral theses

Bibliography and references?

How to avoid plagiarism?

Academia.edu

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