Rucks Department of Management Professor Thomas Greckhamer’s Latest Paper Sheds Light on How Methodological Socialization is Vital in Training Qualitative Researchers

February 8, 2021

Thomas Greckhamer
Thomas Greckhamer

BATON ROUGE- Thomas Greckhamer, professor and director of Graduate Studies- PhD Program, Rucks Department of Management, recently co-authored an article with Sebnem Cilesiz (University of Louisiana-Lafayette) titled, "Methodological socialization and identity: A bricolage study of pathways toward qualitative research in doctoral education." This paper was accepted for publication by Organizational Research Methods.

Trends toward convergence on common methodologies and standardized templates restrict the diversity of qualitative methods in organizational research. Considering that graduate education is a critical process in researchers' socialization into the norms and dominant practices of their discipline, in this article the authors highlight that graduate students' socialization into research methodologies is vital for understanding methodological convergence. The purpose of the study was to understand how graduate students' socialization shapes their methodological and paradigmatic preferences. Showcasing methodological bricolage as an alternative to qualitative templates, the authors constructed a research design that combined thematic, discourse, and narrative analyses to investigate graduate students' reflections alternative research paradigms. The article’s findings highlight the role of institutional, disciplinary, and personal influences, foreground processes of identity work in researchers' socialization and, trace alternative trajectories by which socialization and methodological identity construction processes may unfold. The authors propose that understanding methodological socialization should be central to nurturing paradigmatic and methodological plurality in qualitative research. The article concludes with implications for future research and research methods training.

Full article available here: Methodological Socialization and Identity: A Bricolage Study of Pathways Toward Qualitative Research in Doctoral Education - Sebnem Cilesiz, Thomas Greckhamer, 2020 (

Organizational Research Methods (ORM) is the leading methods journal for advancing organizational research. ORM is peer-reviewed and published quarterly, bringing relevant methodological developments to a wide range of researchers in organizational and management studies. It also promotes a more effective understanding of current and new methodologies and their application in organizational settings. ORM is an elite scholarly journal, known for high-quality, from the qualitative and quantitative domains, micro and macro perspectives. It has an impact factor of 5.7 and ranks #18 out of 226 journals in management and #8 of 84 journals in applied psychology.  This journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

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