LS67 setting of your research

Describe the setting of your research. What is the extent of the existing insider role? What functional and hierarchical boundaries will need to be crossed in order to gain sufficient access to the necessary data?

My research project is based on the organizational problem of lack of collaborative effectiveness in decision making at the workplace due to failure by the management to put in place the continuous improvement plans. While conducting this research, I realize the need to act as a full member of the organization. I have to understand various forms of approaches that are in place in the organization without seeking attention. This is because I still will be attending to personal roles and duties in the organization as I continuously work on my research project.

I have to turn the daily performance of my duties in the organization into my research object, which means that there is a need to have my issue or topic for research clearly predetermined. This is because my research project is pragmatic in nature and I must identify relevant management actions that can be put in place to solve the problem (Coghlan and Brannick 2010). Such actions can be tested in the investment team that I lead and through other forums. I must also convince the management teams in our organization of the relevancy of my project through demonstrating its ability to transform performance of the organization.

I should also develop enough rapport with most of my workmates. This creates the necessary buy-in that will create an environment that is conducive to enable me to collect data through use of formal and informal means. Due to the potentiality of the project to improve organizational performance, the senior management will give me access to the company data, especially to the financial performance over the years.

My closeness and flexibility with my colleagues will allow me to engage them in a wide range of debates where they will share their insights and experiences with me while working in their various roles at the organization. It will also enable me to follow them in case I need any clarifications or more insights to particular phenomena.

Discuss possible challenges to access that may be (or already have been) encountered. What are possible strategies to overcoming these challenges? Assess each of these strategies, in terms of how realistic, difficult and successful they might be.

My pre-understanding of the issue at hand will be enforced by my years of experience in the organization and my thorough knowledge of its formal and informal systems. I have been exposed to our organizational culture for years and I am fully conversant with its beliefs, norms and traditions.

However, in order to avoid this predisposition affecting my project, I am to engage in epistemic reflexivity where I will realize the boundary that should exist in my thoughts between what we have been doing and what should be done. I shall be able to conduct most of my research activities without necessarily catching attention of others as this can compromise results. Another challenge I will be facing in my project is to avoid the notion of knowing answers to interview questions simply because I am part of the organization (Bjrkman and Sundgren 2005). I should engage my mind in alternative reframing so that I do not lose the meaning and understanding of the data collected, especially through interviews.

I will focus on journaling most of my observations and findings so that there is no compromise to the quality of information and data relied upon. Overcoming of these challenges will make my research project objective and possible to stand a higher chance of being adopted by the organization for change

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