The case for adaptive theory for investigation meaning in the workplace
conference contributionposted 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.