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Stepping up from the audience: the researcher as director and part of the ensemble
Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.ORCID iD: 0000-0003-3117-476X
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.
Linnaeus University, School of Business and Economics, Department of Organisation and Entrepreneurship.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-7449-3301
2013 (English)In: 22nd Nordic Academy of Management conference held at University of Iceland Reykjavík, 21-23 August, 2013: final program and abstracts, Nordic Academy of Management , 2013, 73-73 p.Conference paper, Published paper (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Adopting a theatrical metaphor, we argue that the engaged researcher can interact with the situation studied in three different research positions: as one of the directors staging an event (1), as a member of the ensemble performing an event (2), as a member of the audience observing an event (3). The three research positions identified are developed theoretically based on action research and interactive research. Those two affiliated methodological traditions have been developed out of the conviction that the neutral and distant research ideal is unrealistic and even problematic, as it holds out the prospect of a possible “view from nowhere” where the presence of the researcher does not influence the situation studied. We give examples from two research projects. In the first project a PhD student interacted within three different events using a specific research position in all three events, thus using all three positions within the same project. In the second project undergraduate students staged his/her project with local stake-holders, and researchers interchangeably staged events as well as took part of the ensemble performing the event and took part in certain events as part of the audience. Taking different roles as well as changing roles made the travel between closeness and distance to the research process possible as well as making sense of the studied processes in both projects. In the first project with a sole researcher extended time is necessary, while in the second project the different roles can be divided by members of the research ensemble.

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Nordic Academy of Management , 2013. 73-73 p.
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Business Administration
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Economy, Business administration
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URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-29013OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-29013DiVA: diva2:651005
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22nd Nordic Academy of Management Conference, Reykjavik, Iceland, August 21-23, 2013
Available from: 2013-09-24 Created: 2013-09-24 Last updated: 2017-02-17Bibliographically approved

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