From HRM to employment rules and lifestyles. Theory development through qualitative case study research into the creative industries

Haunschild, A. and Eikhof, D. R. (2009) From HRM to employment rules and lifestyles. Theory development through qualitative case study research into the creative industries. Zeitschrift für Personalforschung = German Journal of Human Resource Research, 23(2), pp. 107-124. (doi: 10.1177/239700220902300202)

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Abstract

In contrast to result-driven publications in which the academic narrative constructs the process of data analysis and the conceptual framework as purposefully designed and inevitably leading to the findings, this article will take a closer look at the concrete development of interpretative schemes and the openness of this process. We will do so by referring to an extensive empirical study of the German theatrical employment system. Following the course of our research project, the article will explicate and discuss (1) the decision for conducting qualitative rather than quantitative research, (2) the identification and definition of ‘what is the case’ and how this decision was influenced by ongoing data interpretation and changing and new theoretical inputs, and (3) the question of the generalisability of our findings. The main focus of the article, however, will be to explore the relationship between data and theory. We hope to encourage researchers to creatively use the inherent openness of data interpretation, and we argue that the freedom of qualitative research can only be used in a productive way if methodological decisions and data interpretations are driven by theoretical reasoning.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Eikhof, Professor Doris Ruth
Authors: Haunschild, A., and Eikhof, D. R.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Culture and Creative Arts > Theatre Film and TV Studies
Journal Name:Zeitschrift für Personalforschung = German Journal of Human Resource Research
Publisher:Rainer Hampp Verlag
ISSN:0179-6437
ISSN (Online):1862-0000
Published Online:01 May 2009

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