Awkwardness and What to Do with It: Contemplating Quality and Trustworthiness in Organizational Ethnography

Can-Seng Ooi, Juliette Koning

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    This paper was prepared for the “Organizational Ethnography, Assessing its Impact” theme of the 26th EGOS Colloquium 2010, Lisbon. It examines awkward moments ethnographers encounter during their field studies. We present our experiences in China and Indonesia and raise issues on how ethnographers normally impart their findings. Personally uncomfortable field situations are usually marginalised or ignored, so as not to cast doubts on the quality of our field data. We argue that the quality of ethnography would actually increase when we reflect and interrogate our awkward moments. By doing so, we identify our own politics and relate our research agenda to that of our respondents.
    UdgiverDepartment of International Economics and Management, Copenhagen Business School
    Antal sider20
    StatusUdgivet - jun. 2010
    NavnCIBEM Working Paper Series


    • Ethnography
    • Qualitative methods
    • Reflexivity
    • Chinese businesses in Indonesia
    • Art worlds in China