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The case for adaptive theory for investigation meaning in the workplace

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conference contribution
posted on 06.12.2017, 00:00 by B Van Gramberg
Most qualitative research studies in business utilise case studies, which on their own can fail to integrate wider, structural factors which may have shaped the observed events at the local level. This paper outlines the use of adaptive theory (Layder 1997, 1998) as a means of combining agency research (case studies of individual experiences and phenomological research) with structural research (broader theories, surveys of societal issues). The paper focuses on the application of adaptive theory on a study of workplace conflict resolution. The findings indicate that adaptive theory would be most suitable for studies dealing with corruption, HR processes (training, performance development, organisational change) and other areas in which an individual’s perception is required relating to workplace practices.

Funding

Category 1 - Australian Competitive Grants (this includes ARC, NHMRC)

History

Editor

Kennedy J; Di Milia V

Parent Title

Proceedings of the 20th ANZAM Conference [electronic resource] : Management : pragmatism, philosophy, priorities

Start Page

1

End Page

16

Number of Pages

16

Start Date

01/01/2006

ISBN-10

1921047348

Location

Yeppoon, Qld.

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Lindfield, NSW

Peer Reviewed

Yes

Open Access

No

External Author Affiliations

International conference; Victoria University (Melbourne, Vic.);

Era Eligible

No

Name of Conference

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. International conference