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Handbook of Longitudinal Research Methods in Organisation and Business Studies

Edited by Melanie E. Hassett, Sheffield University Management School, UK and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Turku School of Economics, University of Turku, Finland
This innovative Handbook demonstrates that there is no single best approach to conducting longitudinal studies. At their best, longitudinal research designs yield rich, contextualised, multilevel and deep understanding of the studied phenomenon. The lack of resources in terms of time, funding and people can pose a serious challenge to conducting longitudinal research. This book tackles many of these challenges and discusses the role of longitudinal research programmes in overcoming such obstacles.
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Publication Date: 2013
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  • Business and Management
  • International Business
  • Organisation Studies
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
This innovative Handbook demonstrates that there is no single best approach to conducting longitudinal studies. At their best, longitudinal research designs yield rich, contextualised, multilevel and deep understanding of the studied phenomenon. The lack of resources in terms of time, funding and people can pose a serious challenge to conducting longitudinal research. This book tackles many of these challenges and discusses the role of longitudinal research programmes in overcoming such obstacles.

This book shows how longitudinal research methods enable the understanding of dynamics, mechanisms, causalities and interrelationships of organizational and business concepts in context and in relation to time. It discusses the richness and versatility of longitudinal research and offers, to students and experienced scholars alike, numerous viewpoints, reflections and personal accounts about conducting longitudinal research, from planning and fieldwork to reporting and managing of research projects.
‘This Handbook is a very timely contribution to organization and business studies. Most calls for longitudinal research are made in sections of published work that deal with limitations of the study or suggestions for further research. This book places longitudinal research methods at center stage. With its practical, hands-on approach it guides us how to design a longitudinal study in and around organizations – whether qualitative or quantitative – and how to implement it. I warmly recommend this Handbook to ambitious senior and junior researchers. It makes the commonly presented excuses for not undertaking longitudinal research completely redundant.’
– Rebecca Piekkari, Aalto University, School of Business in Helsinki, Finland

‘This is a very timely book that fills an important gap in the field of research methods. So far very little attention has been paid to longitudinal research methods, while the usefulness of this type of research has often been discussed in many papers and conferences. Insights provided by scholars who have been doing this type of research provide useful guidelines for anyone interested in research methods from senior scholars to young researchers and PhD candidates. This volume will serve as an excellent complement to the existing range of books on research methods.’
– Pervez Ghauri, King’s College London, UK
Contributors: L. Aarikka-Stenroos, E.A. Alfoldi, P. Dawson, P. Eriksson, A. Halinen, M.E. Hassett, R. Hoy, T.D. Little, T. Mainela, C. Mari, O. Meglio, M.-J. Oesterle, E. Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, Y. Ploudre, M. Rhemtulla, H.N. Richta, M.A. Sartor, J.P. Selig, T.W. Taris, Z. Vincze, C. Welch
Contents:

1. Longitudinal Research in Organizations: An Introduction
Melanie E. Hassett and Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki

Vignette: Nonresponse in Longitudinal Research: Charting the Terrain
Toon W. Taris

PART I: LONGITUDITNAL RESEARCH AS QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
2. Using Quantitative Longitudinal Data to Analyse the Relationship between Firm’s Internationalization and Performance
Michael-Jörg Oesterle and Hannah N. Richta

3. Planned Missing Data Designs for Longitudinal Organizational Research
Mijke Rhemtulla and Todd D. Little

4. Temporal Design in Organizational Research
James P. Selig, Robert Hoy and Todd D. Little

PART II: LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH AS QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
5. Studying Strategy Over Time through the Identification of Patterns of Actions: An Illustrative Case Study of the Strategies of Alcan and Alcoa from 1928 to 2007
Yves Ploudre

6. Longitudinal Autoethnography
Päivi Eriksson

7. Narratives as Longitudinal and Process Data
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki and Leena Aarikka-Stenroos

PART III: LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH AS PROCESS RESEARCH
8. In Search of Generative Mechanism: The Grounded Theory Approach to Process Theory Building
Zsuzsanna Vincze

9. Challenges of Longitudinal Field Research in Process Studies on Business Networks
Aino Halinen and Tuija Mainela

10. Temporal Issues in Process Research
Carlo Mari and Olimpia Meglio

11. How to Escape an Unprocessual Legacy? A Viewpoint from International Business Research
Eriikka Paavilainen-Mäntymäki and Catherine Welch

12. The Use of Time in the Design, Conduct and Write-up of Longitudinal Processual Case Study Research
Patrick Dawson

PART IV: CONDUCTING LONGITUDINAL RESEARCH
13. Dealing with Unpredictability and Change in Longitudinal Studies of Organizations: A Priori versus Progressive Focusing Approach
Eva A. Alfoldi and Melanie E. Hassett

14. Planning Data Collection in Longitudinal Field Research: Small and not so Small Practical Issues
Carlo Mari and Olimpia Meglio

15. Organizing and Executing a Longitudinally Based Research Program
Michael A. Sartor

Index