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Title: Better Together: Examining the Role of Collaborative Ethnographic Documentary in Organizational Research
Authors: Game, AM
Simpson, RC
Issue Date: 2018
Citation: Organizational Research Methods, 2018, 21 (2), pp. 341 - 365
Abstract: © 2016, © The Author(s) 2016. Despite growing interest in video-based methods in organizational research, the use of collaborative ethnographic documentaries is rare. Organizational research could benefit from the inclusion of collaborative ethnographic documentaries to (a) enable the participation of “difficult to research” groups, (b) better access the material, embodied, or sensitive dimensions of work and organizing, and (c) enhance the dissemination and practical benefits of findings. To increase understanding of this under-explored method, the authors first review the available literature and consider strengths, limitations, and ethical concerns in comparison with traditional ethnography and other video-based methods. Using recent data collected on working class men doing “dirty work,” the authors then illustrate the use of collaborative ethnographic documentary as an investigative tool—capturing often concealed, embodied, and material dimensions of work—and a reflective tool—elaborating and particularizing participants’ narrative accounts. It is concluded that collaborative ethnographic documentary facilitates greater trust and communication between researchers and participants, triggering richer exploration of participants’ experiences, in turn strengthening theoretical insights and practical impact of the research.
ISSN: 1094-4281
Appears in Collections:Dept of Politics, History and Law Research Papers

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