New Search

Export article

In the Heart of a Storm: Leveraging Personal Relevance Through “Inside-Out” Research

Derron G. Bishop, Jennifer L. Eury, Dennis A. Gioia, Linda Klebe Treviño, Glen E. Kreiner

Abstract: By considering our experiences of a crisis at our own organization – the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal at Penn State – we argue for the value of leveraging diverse, personally relevant insider views to better understand difficult-to-study organizational phenomena, including those that are ambiguous, contested, and/or emotional. Researchers tend to study organizational dynamics from the outside-in, seeking a dominant dispassionate interpretation. In contrast, we advocate for inside-out perspectives that give voice to introspective and reflexive views – including of researchers themselves – to account for cognitive and emotional experiences of those directly affected by events. We encourage researchers to overtly reflect on their cognitive and emotional responses to research. Such personally engaged research comes with potential biases, which researchers must mitigate. Yet such research also has distinct advantages. Researchers working from the inside-out are motivated and positioned to employ deep, long-term, real-time engagement, with access to many types of sensitive data often unavailable to outsiders. Researchers for whom events have direct personal relevance as insiders to a phenomenon and/or organization, thus, have the means to bring different and deeper insight and richer understandings to organizational research by including their experiences.
Keywords: child / diverse / insiders / personally relevant insider / engaged / leveraging / cognitive / Personal Relevance

Scifeed alert for new publications

Never miss any articles matching your research from any publisher
  • Get alerts for new papers matching your research
  • Find out the new papers from selected authors
  • Updated daily for 49'000+ journals and 6000+ publishers
  • Define your Scifeed now

Share this article

Click here to see the statistics on "Academy of Management Perspectives" .
Cited by 6 articles
    Back to Top Top