Conference Essay: The Broad and the Narrow in Ethnography on Organisations

Manfred Max Bergman


The aims of this essay are twofold: to review a recent conference on ethnographic organisational studies in St. Gall and, based on this, to examine some shortcomings of ethnographic approaches to organisational studies. Such shortcomings include the non-specificity of the conceptualisation of organisations and, to a lesser extent, the relative lack of reflection on epistemological and procedural issues of the empirical method. Nevertheless, the conference was a success in that it highlighted the variety, flexibility, and scientific value of ethnography for the social and political sciences.
URN: urn:nbn:de:0114-fqs0301233


ethnography; organisations; systems; qualitative methods

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