Phenomenology as a method for exploring management practice

Paschal Anosike, Lisa Catherine Ehrich, Pervaiz K Ahmed

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Phenomenology is a term that has been described as a philosophy, a research paradigm, a methodology and equated with qualitative research. In this paper first we clarify phenomenology by tracing its movement both as a philosophy and as a research method. Next we make a case for the use of phenomenology in empirical investigations of management phenomena. The paper discusses a selection of central concepts pertaining to phenomenology as a scientific research method, which include description, phenomenological reduction and free imaginative variation. In particular, the paper elucidates the efficacy of Giorgi s descriptive phenomenological research praxis as a qualitative research method and how its utility can be applied in creating a deeper and richer understanding of management practice.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205 - 224
Number of pages20
JournalInternational Journal of Management Practice
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2012

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