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Title: Awkwardness and what to do with it
Contemplating quality and trustworthiness in organizational ethnography
Author: Koning, Juliette; Ooi, Can-Seng
Abstract: This paper was prepared for the “Organizational Ethnography, Assessing its Impact” theme of the 26th EGOS Colloquium 2010, Lisbon. It examines awkward moments ethnographers encounter during their field studies. We present our experiences in China and Indonesia and raise issues on how ethnographers normally impart their findings. Personally uncomfortable field situations are usually marginalised or ignored, so as not to cast doubts on the quality of our field data. We argue that the quality of ethnography would actually increase when we reflect and interrogate our awkward moments. By doing so, we identify our own politics and relate our research agenda to that of our respondents.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10398/8060
Date: 2010-07-01

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