Epistemological, methodological and ethical issues associated with insider/outsider positionality (Merton, 1972) form a burgeoning body of literature with contributions from a range of disciplinary fields and research philosophies. However, a comprehensive review of this literature reveals a lack of concerted attention paid to the effects of insider-outsider dynamics between members of research teams on the research process. This is particularly surprising in relation to international and cross-cultural research in business and management where participation of researchers and/or field assistants as ‘cultural insider’ is recommended for both qualitative and quantitative studies. Addressing this gap, this paper presents outcomes of a reflexive exercise on working in a ‘homecomer’/’stranger’ research team when planning and conducting fieldwork and data analysis for a qualitative study in Kazakhstan. We detail challenges stemming from our positionality experiences and outline recommended strategies for reconciling these tensions in data collection and analysis.
|Title of host publication||Unknown Host Publication|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Event||European Conference on Research Methodology for Business Management - Kingston, United Kingdom|
Duration: 9 Jun 2016 → 10 Jun 2016
|Conference||European Conference on Research Methodology for Business Management|
|Period||9/06/16 → 10/06/16|
Bibliographical noteThis paper has been accepted for the 2016 ECRM conference.
- international business and management research
- insider-outsider positionality
- qualitative research
- collaborative research teams