Where there's Smoke, there's Fire: The Targeted Selection of Informants within Organisational Research

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Title Where there's Smoke, there's Fire: The Targeted Selection of Informants within Organisational Research
Author Townsend, Keith; Price, Robin
Publication Title Reworking Work: AIRAANZ 05 - Proceedings of the 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand - Volume 1. Refereed Papers
Editor Marian Baird, Rae Cooper and Mark Westcott
Year Published 2005
Place of publication Sydney
Publisher Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia and New Zealand
Abstract This paper examines the difficulties encountered by researchers while trying to acquire an emic' or insider's view of an organisation. It argues that smokers, because of their social outcast status, and their need to step outside for a cigarette, provide researchers with the opportunity to gain valuable insights into the operations of the firm. It is well-established that participant and non-participant ethnographic research provides an opportunity to investigate workplaces beyond the scope of workplace questionnaires and interviews. Through data collected across three separate research projects, this paper argues that smokers, as social outcasts in the workplace, present an opportunity to collect a wealth of important research data.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
ISBN 1864876999
Conference name AIRAANZ 05: 19th Conference of the Association of Industrial Relations Academics of Australia & N.Z
Location Sydney
Date From 2005-02-09
Date To 2005-02-11
URI http://hdl.handle.net/10072/2876
Date Accessioned 2005-12-17
Date Available 2007-03-21T21:21:19Z
Language en_AU
Research Centre Centre for Work, Organisation and Wellbeing
Faculty Griffith Business School
Subject Other Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Publication Type Conference Publications (Full Written Paper - Refereed)
Publication Type Code e1

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