Moments of Reflection, Moments of Distortion: Interactive Research as Temporary Learning Systems
1995 (English)Conference paper (Refereed)
Field research is in fact social interaction between researchers and informants. A longitudinal study of an organization is here analysed as a number of temporary social systems. The tem-porary system metaphor is a proposal to view obtrusion as ”learning” instead of ”distortion”. The temporary learning systems analysed are evaluations of ten sub–units in a Swedish county council. Distortion/learning appears in temporary interaction systems because of (1) anxiety arousal concerning the unfamiliar situation, (2) attention focus to research problem, (3) use of preliminary conclusions and reports in the validation process, and (4) the infor-mants’ feed-back of information to their permanent organizational context. Depending on the research problem, these effects could be more or less beneficial to the researcher.
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IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-96466OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-96466DiVA: diva2:530750
13th Nordic Conference on Business Studies, August 14–16, 1995, Copenhagen, Denmark
QC 201206182012-06-182012-06-042012-06-18Bibliographically approved