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Combining artefact analysis, interview and participant observation to study the organizational sensemaking of knowledge-based innovation

Kombination von Artefaktanalyse, Interview und teilnehmender Beobachtung zur Untersuchung der organisationalen Bedeutung von wissensbasierter Innovation
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Reischauer, Georg

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Abstract "Innovation studies have hardly investigated the link between innovation and organization with respect to what individual actors in organizations mean when they refer to innovation. More precisely, there are few research designs with the goal to understand (Verstehen) the meaning of innovation in organizations. To address this gap on a methodological level, I introduce an interpretative research design to study the organizational sense-making of innovation. Informed by the knowledge-based view of innovation and organizations, this research design suggests a combination of the qualitative methods artefact analysis, semi-structured qualitative interview and participant observation to generate data. Using qualitative content analysis to analyze the collected data separately, first-order concepts are constructed. Joining these separate concepts with the constant comparison technique creates second-order concepts and therefore a comprehensive understanding of the meaning of innovation in an organization. The application of the interpretative research design in innovation studies enables to build new theory on the link between innovation and organization that is empirically grounded." (author's abstract)
Keywords innovation; organization; knowledge; research; design; method; qualitative method; analysis; artifact; interview; observation; data
Classification Sociology of Knowledge; Sociology of Science, Sociology of Technology, Research on Science and Technology; Methods and Techniques of Data Collection and Data Analysis, Statistical Methods, Computer Methods
Document language English
Publication Year 2015
Page/Pages p. 279-298
Journal Historical Social Research, 40 (2015) 3
Issue topic Methods of innovation research: qualitative, quantitative and mixed-method approaches
ISSN 0172-6404
Status Published Version; peer reviewed
Licence Creative Commons - Attribution-Noncommercial-No Derivative Works