Relationality in Organizational Research: Exploring the Space Between

Hilary Bradbury, Benyamin M.Bergmann Lichtenstein

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Relationships and interactions should be an important focus of attention in organizational scholarship. In contrast to traditional research approaches that focus on independent, discrete entities, methodologies oriented to relational concerns in organizations allow researchers to study the intersubjective and interdependent nature of organizational life. In addition to providing historical and philosophical bases for a perspective which emphasizes relationality, we review the growing number of methods that capture relational aspects of organizational life. Examples include network analysis, and "complexity" modeling, correspondence analysis and participatory research, case study methods, the learning history approach, psychometrics, and action inquiry. Our goal is to establish a "palette" of methodological choices for the researcher interested in operationalizing a relational perspective within organizational research/practice.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)551-564
Number of pages14
JournalOrganization Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000


  • Interdependence
  • Relational Paradigm
  • Research Methodologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Strategy and Management
  • Organizational Behavior and Human Resource Management
  • Management of Technology and Innovation


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