Horlick-Jones, Tom and Rosenhead, Jonathan (2007) The uses of observation: combining problem structuring methods and ethnography. Journal of the Operational Research Society, 58 (5). pp. 588-601. ISSN 0160-5682
In this paper, we examine conceptual and practical aspects of carrying out cross-disciplinary, multi-method, interventions that bring together methods from operational research (OR) with ethnographic tools drawn from sociology and anthropology. We note that such methodological hybridization is not a new development, although historically, the role of ethnography in OR has not always been explicit in written accounts. We illustrate such usage by means of a number of concrete examples. We then describe recent work in which we have successfully combined problem structuring methods with ethnographic investigations in order to address disparate problem issues.
|Additional Information:||© 2007 Operational Research Society Ltd.|
|Uncontrolled Keywords:||Problem structuring methods, ethnographic methods, operational research, social science, cross-disciplinarity, multi-methodology|
|Library of Congress subject classification:||H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)|
|Sets:||Research centres and groups > Management Science Group|
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