When Fieldwork Hurts: On the Lived Experience of Conducting Research in Unsettling Contexts

Laura Claus, Mark De Rond, Jennifer Howard-Grenville, Jan Lodge

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Abstract

We explore the lived experience of organizational scholars who have conducted fieldwork in unsettling contexts. Through analyzing our interviews with these scholars, we find themes around the causes and consequences of unsettling fieldwork, and the coping strategies employed. We reflect on the often overlooked emotional and relational aspects of conducting and coping with unsettling fieldwork, and offer some suggestions for how scholars might support each other, especially given the increasing prevalence of organizational scholarship that pushes boundaries by engaging unconventional topics and settings.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch in the Sociology of Organizations
Subtitle of host publicationThe Production of Managerial Knowledge and Organizational Theory: New Approaches to Writing, Producing and Consuming Theory (
Pages157-172
Number of pages15
Volume59
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 19 Apr 2019
Externally publishedYes

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