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Ties to the past in organization research : a comparative analysis of retrospective methods

Wolfram Cox, Julie and Hassard, John 2007, Ties to the past in organization research : a comparative analysis of retrospective methods, Organization, vol. 14, no. 4, pp. 475-497, doi: 10.1177/1350508407078049.

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Title Ties to the past in organization research : a comparative analysis of retrospective methods
Author(s) Wolfram Cox, Julie
Hassard, John
Journal name Organization
Volume number 14
Issue number 4
Start page 475
End page 497
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2007
ISSN 1350-5084
1461-7323
Keyword(s) attribution
bias
retrospective research methods
sensemaking
time
Summary This paper addresses a traditionally neglected area of management and organizational studies—retrospective research. It identifies, describes and analyses four positions on retrospective research: Controlling the Past, in which attempts are made to maximize accurate recall or to reveal potential sources of error or bias; Interpreting the Past, in which understanding of the present is informed by the construction of past reality; Co-opting the Past, in which causal explanations link the past and the present; and Representing the Past, which involves the problematization of time and research on time. These positions are compared in terms of, for example, method, philosophy, examplars and potential contribution. Finally, implications are drawn for the practice of retrospective research in management and organization studies.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1350508407078049
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2007, SAGE
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30007039

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Management and Marketing
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