Method in the madness: Research stories you won't read in textbooks

Keith Townsend (Editor), John Burgess (Editor)

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Method in the Madness is presented as a companion to researchers investigating the complex world of work. Rather than a 'How to' text on performing research, this book presents a record of experiences. Research so often evolves in the field or the planning stages and a successful researcher need to be aware of serendipitous opportunities as they arise and how to solve problems as they occur. The book comprises an introduction written by the editors followed by thirteen chapters written by different contributors. The introduction draws together the disparate experiences that follow and discusses the ways in which the contributors, all of whom are respected researchers, dealt with and learned from the research experience. In the following chapters, the contributors describe and reflect on the research process, the challenges they met during their research and the lessons learned. The style varies, but includes narratives, anecdotes and descriptions of individuals experiences as research was designed and carried out and the results generated.

Original languageEnglish
PublisherElsevier Inc.
Number of pages214
ISBN (Print)9781843344933
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009
Externally publishedYes


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