Relationality in Organizational Research

Exploring the Space Between

Hilary Bradbury-Huang, Benyamin M Bergmann Lichtenstein

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Abstract

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
Volume11
Issue number5
StatePublished - Sep 2000
Externally publishedYes

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Keywords

  • Interdependence
  • Relational Paradigm
  • Research Methodologies

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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Bradbury-Huang, H., & Lichtenstein, B. M. B. (2000). Relationality in Organizational Research: Exploring the Space Between. Organization Science, 11(5), 551-564.

Relationality in Organizational Research : Exploring the Space Between. / Bradbury-Huang, Hilary; Lichtenstein, Benyamin M Bergmann.

In: Organization Science, Vol. 11, No. 5, 09.2000, p. 551-564.

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Bradbury-Huang, H & Lichtenstein, BMB 2000, 'Relationality in Organizational Research: Exploring the Space Between', Organization Science, vol. 11, no. 5, pp. 551-564.
Bradbury-Huang H, Lichtenstein BMB. Relationality in Organizational Research: Exploring the Space Between. Organization Science. 2000 Sep;11(5):551-564.
Bradbury-Huang, Hilary ; Lichtenstein, Benyamin M Bergmann. / Relationality in Organizational Research : Exploring the Space Between. In: Organization Science. 2000 ; Vol. 11, No. 5. pp. 551-564.
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