Quotation Miko-Schefzig, Katharina, Learmonth, Mark, McMurray, Robert. 2020. A different way of looking at things: The role of social science film in organisation studies. Organization.




Despite growing interest in the use of moving images for representing management and organisation research, films are still widely considered as an addendum to the ‘proper’ textual work of the social sciences. Drawing on our own experience in social science film production, we consider the unique epistemological opportunities afforded by the production of moving images as compared to other methods rooted in the primacy of text. We discuss the techniques of eliciting and editing (by presenting actual editing decisions in detail) as a visual method for organisation studies and its theoretical and methodological implications. We demonstrate the ways in which the act of filming facilitates the production of contextually sensitive life accounts that place participants and viewers in the picture. The main contribution of the paper lies in its explanation of the ways in which film represents epistemic knowledge in itself – a particular way of seeing and relating – without recourse to written material. This includes the potential for film to elicit understanding that could not be accessed or represented in any other way. While not minimising the challenges involved in the production and assessment of social science films, we argue that such films warrant a status similar to that of the journal article.


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Status of publication Published
Affiliation WU
Type of publication Journal article
Journal Organization
Citation Index SSCI
WU Journalrating 2009 A
WU-Journal-Rating new MAN-A+, STRAT-B, WH-B
Language English
Title A different way of looking at things: The role of social science film in organisation studies
Year 2020
Reviewed? Y
URL https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1350508420961526
DOI https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1350508420961526
Open Access Y
Open Access Link https://doi.org/10.1177%2F1350508420961526


Miko-Schefzig, Katharina (Details)
Learmonth, Mark (University of Durhan, United Kingdom)
McMurray, Robert (York University, United Kingdom)
Competence Center for Empirical Research Methods WE (Details)
Research areas (ÖSTAT Classification 'Statistik Austria')
5402 General sociology (Details)
5405 Empirical social research (Details)
5413 Sociological methods (Details)
5430 Sociology of law (Details)
5433 Gender studies (Details)
6525 Urban history (Details)
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