Triangulation in organizational research : a re-presentation

Wolfram Cox, Julie and Hassard, John 2005, Triangulation in organizational research : a re-presentation, Organization, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 109-133, doi: 10.1177/1350508405048579.

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Title Triangulation in organizational research : a re-presentation
Author(s) Wolfram Cox, Julie
Hassard, John
Journal name Organization
Volume number 12
Issue number 1
Start page 109
End page 133
Publisher Sage
Place of publication London, England
Publication date 2005
ISSN 1350-5084
Keyword(s) metaphorization
organization theory
Summary This paper extends the discussion of postmodern thinking in organizational theory through a re-presentation of the concept of triangulation in organizational research. Initially triangulation is defined through the contrasting lenses of positivism and post-positivism/postmodernism and analysed as a metaphor for fixing and capturing the research subject. Subsequently triangulation is ‘re-presented’ as ‘metaphorization’—in terms of process and movement between researcher-subject positions. Rethinking the lines and angles of enquiry in triangulation, the paper suggests a shift from the ‘triangulation of distance’ tradition to a more reflexive consideration of ‘researcher stance’. This movement is represented across three perspectives: the researcher as a follower of nomothetic lines; the researcher as the taker of an ideographic overview; and the researcher as the finder of a particular angle. The implications of this re-presentation are then discussed in terms of perspective, data capture, reflexivity and metatriangulation.
Language eng
DOI 10.1177/1350508405048579
Field of Research 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
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