In principle, there are two major routes to producing credible research texts. One is to follow rules and procedures indicating rationality. The other is to deal competently and innovatively with the interpretive, political, linguistic, theory-data fused nature of the research process. Awareness of the various elements influencing the research process and the research results is seen as crucial.

Reflexivity emphasizes these aspects and tries to develop ideas for how to avoid traps and pitfalls in the process and how to deal creatively with the various elements in the research process. The ambition is to produce more interesting and unexpected research results through re-thinking conventions and open up for more varied and challenging uses of research questions, fieldwork practices, modes of interpretations and styles of writing.

The course is intended for PhD students that have participated at introductory PhD courses in qualitative methodology and junior faculty members in management and other social sciences.

Presented by Professor Mats Alvesson
Mats Alvesson is a professor at Lund University, Sweden and UQ Business School. He is extensive research output spans leadership, alternatives to leadership, managerial work, organizational culture, identity issues in organizations, and much more. He has published 30 books, including ‘The Stupidity Paradox. The powers and pitfalls of functional stupidity at work’ and ‘The Triumph of Emptiness’. 

About Academic Seminars

Our academic seminars are a forum for our academic staff to collaborate, share and discuss relevant research and trends with their peers and broader academic community.


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