Getting in, getting on and getting out: reflections on a qualitative research project

  • Irvine H
  • Gaffikin M
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Abstract

This paper seeks to provide a behind-the-scenes view of how a qualitative research project was conducted. It is therefore a paper about the process of qualitative research from the point of view of a researcher, rather than a qualitative research paper about an organization. Its approach is both theoretical and reflective rather than a description or analysis of what went on in the organization. Because the focus of the paper is personal rather than organizational, it does not offer "findings" about the way in which accounting is practiced, but rather reflections and insights about the way research was conducted, from getting into the organization (getting in), conducting the research (getting on) and finally exiting the organization (getting out).

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  • Helen Irvine

  • Michael Gaffikin

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