Module Work Accomplished

I have completed all the assignments and reports on the module of management research. I am confident that I have acquired important knowledge that will help me while I conduct qualitative research on the problem of knowledge hoarding that affects our organization. Although it was difficult for me and my fellow set members to define the methodology of qualitative research I should adopt to solve our organization’s problems, we finally agreed that I should use ethnography research.

Learning from the Readings and Team Members

The article written by Mohrman, Gibson and Mohrman Jr (2001) argues that practitioners view the results of a particular research as useful when they are involved in the joint interpretation of these results. One of the hypotheses they used for their study is that joint interpretive forums that involve practitioners and researchers lead to positive perspective taking. The results obtained through their study proved this fact. In addition, they argue that, if joint interpretive forums included both practitioners and researchers, the members of an organization would consider the results of a particular research as useful. They conducted studies on ten companies and discovered that people viewed the results of a particular research as efficient when the self-design of the study was informed by the results of that study.

Kiesner and Liener’s (2009) article expands on why it is hard to bridge the gap between relevance and rigor. They argue that the difference between practice and management science causes this gap to widen. Kiesner and Liener (2009) suggest that action research can be applied to decrease the gap between relevance and rigor. Action research helps to bring collaboration between practitioners and researchers, thus yielding research results that are relevant for practice and scientifically rigorous. In addition, they suggest that researchers should consider using Mode 2 research in order to ensure that the results of a particular investigation are both rigorous and relevant.

Creswell’s (2012) book explains the five methodologies used in qualitative studies. These methodologies include narrative research, phenomenological research, grounded theory, ethnographic research and case study research. Case study research concentrates mainly on a single organization or one department in an organization. Researchers utilizing case study method collect data by means interviews and observations. Grounded theory uses inductive methodology while collecting data. The researcher applies unstructured and semi-structured interviews for data collection. Easterby-Smith, Thorpe and Jackson’s (2012) book deals with the different methods a researcher can use while obtaining data from the field.       

Applications of Concepts from the Classroom

I will use ethnography research to study how the culture of our organization contributes to knowledge hoarding among the members of our investment team. The methods of data collection I propose to use include interviews and observations. The main reason why I will utilize these methods is because they will enable me to apply participatory research when looking for reasons that motivate the members of my investment team to hoard knowledge. In addition, I plan to use multiple paradigms while researching on the actions I could perform to promote knowledge sharing in our organization.

Additional Reflection

Ethnography research mainly concentrates on interpreting the culture of a certain group of people. This research method will help me interact with the members of our investment team so that I am able to find out about certain beliefs in our culture that make employees prefer hoarding knowledge. I need to take into account several issues while using ethnography investigation. This methodology requires a considerable amount of time and dedication to ensure that correct organizational data are collected. In addition, it disrupts the normal activities of an organization. A key advantage of this methodology is that it involves participants of a study. This methodology reflects the epistemological perspective of how the knowledge of research is dynamic.

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