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Quel(s) recours à l'enquête ethnographique pour analyser la trajectoire d'une organisation ? : Proposition de trois idéaux-types à partir d'un retour critique sur la littérature

Abstract : How to use ethnography while studying organizational trajectories? Three ideal-types based on a critical review.
French sociology of work and organizations has been more and more working on the links between the present and the past and has been combining historical and ethnographic investigation techniques. Some ethnographic studies, taken as a research posture characterized by an in-depth fieldwork, are here dedicated to the analysis of organizational trajectories (defined as the processes of change affecting the size, the structure and the activities of this organization during several decades). Our thesis in Sociology gave us the opportunity to notice that while these ethnographic studies have similar methodological claims, their analytical frames and theoretical ambitions remain divergent. This paper draws upon a selection of works in sociology, management studies and history, to propose three ideal types of research postures using ethnography to analyse organizational trajectories. It presents them successively and discusses their theoretical reach as well as their limits.
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Séverine Louvel. Quel(s) recours à l'enquête ethnographique pour analyser la trajectoire d'une organisation ? : Proposition de trois idéaux-types à partir d'un retour critique sur la littérature. ethnographiques.org, Association Ethnographiques.org, 2008, 16, pp.1-21. ⟨halshs-00291423⟩

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