Organizational Ethnography

Learning Objectives

Key concepts

Type of classes

How to pass the course

Course schedule

Readings

Additional recommended readings

Other resources

Contact

Plagiarism is not acceptable and will be reported to the Ethical Committee. As an immediate consequence the perpetraitor fails the course without a possibility of resubmission.


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, film created by the students, own visual arts presentation, dance in own choreography, own music, etc. Participants: @ students per group.
  • Written report - final exam paper (3-10 pages).
  • 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)



    Selected written reports published here.

 

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Course schedule

Lectures

  1. Organizations and organizing
  2. Epistemology and research design
  3. Research methods: Non-participant and direct observation
  4. Research methods: Participant observation
  5. Research methods: Interview
  6. Research methods: Text analysis. Space and visual studies
  7. Research methods: Arts based methods. Narrative collage
  8. Summary

Seminars

  1. Introduction. Information about group projects
  2. Symbolization
  3. The fashionable manager
  4. Presentations: Non-participant observation
  5. Presentations: Direct observation
  6. Presentations: Interview
  7. Presentation: Text analysis. Arts based methods.
  8. Meanings of space

 

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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.
  • 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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Email

Consultations

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