The first book to provide an overall view on how to study values and values work
Discusses the advantages and disadvantages of potential research methods
Considers the role of the researcher and specific empirical contexts in which to research values
This book is open access, which means that you have free and unlimited access
Table of contents (16 chapters)
Methodological Approaches to Researching Values
Methods for Collecting and Analysing Data
Researching Values Through Practical Cases
About this book
This open access book presents new approaches for researching values as they are performed or materialized. Values have been an important topic in academic literature for a long time; they are at the core of institutional theories and are often connected to ideals in organisations or ways of valuing. The various values-constructs are typically highlighted to underpin discussions of identity, ethos, and the purposive institutional work of leaders and employees. However, there is a need for more research on how values link and sustain actions and institutions.
Contributors in this volume map and discuss useful methodological ways in which values and values work can be investigated and how research on values has been and can be applied. The chapters present different methods for collecting data, including interviews, observation and shadowing, as well as various methods for analyzing data, such as thematic, discourse and narrative analysis. Chapters also consider the role of the researcher and participant validation as a procedure to enhance the trustworthiness of the study. Finally, the book presents various empirical projects and issues related to and exemplifying values research.
This book is a valuable guide for researchers and students who are looking for a practical understanding of how to research values and values work in organisations. The volume is a follow-up of the open access book, Understanding Values Work: Institutional Perspectives in Organisations and Leadership published by Palgrave Macmillan.
- Values work
- research methods
- qualitative research
- organization studies
- Open Access
Editors and Affiliations
VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway
Gry Espedal, Beate Jelstad Løvaas, Stephen Sirris, Arild Wæraas
About the editors
Gry Espedal is Associate Professor at the master’s program in values-based leadership at VID Specialized University, Norway.
Beate Jelstad Løvaas is Associate Professor at the master´s program in values-based leadership at VID Specialized University, Norway.
Stephen Sirris is Professor of organisation and leadership at VID Specialized University, Norway.
Arild Wæraas is Professor of organisation and leadership at VID Specialized University, Norway.
Book Title: Researching Values
Book Subtitle: Methodological Approaches for Understanding Values Work in Organisations and Leadership
Editors: Gry Espedal, Beate Jelstad Løvaas, Stephen Sirris, Arild Wæraas
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan Cham
eBook Packages: Business and Management, Business and Management (R0)
Copyright Information: The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2022
License: CC BY
Hardcover ISBN: 978-3-030-90768-6Published: 16 February 2022
Softcover ISBN: 978-3-030-90771-6Published: 16 February 2022
eBook ISBN: 978-3-030-90769-3Published: 15 February 2022
Edition Number: 1
Number of Pages: XIX, 309
Number of Illustrations: 9 b/w illustrations