Dialogical principles for qualitative inquiry: a nonfoundational path

  • Marlei Pozzebon Professor HEC Montreal Associate Professor Fundaçao Getulio Vargas - Escola de Administraçao de Empresas de Sao Paulo
  • Charo Rodriguez McGill University
  • Maira Petrini Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do RS

Abstract

Leaving the thesis proposal defense room, the PhD business student had an important assignment to accomplish before being authorized to set a date for defending her thesis: to better justify the validity of her qualitative inquiry framed by a critical interpretive standpoint. Knowing that the generation, analysis and interpretation of empirical materials are processes always conducted within some understanding of what constitutes legitimate inquiry and valid knowledge, she drew inspiration from ethnographical, confessional, critical and post-modern work to propose a set of dialogical principles for conducting and evaluating a nonfoundational type of research inquiry. This manuscript revisits this venture a number of years later, reflecting on what has changed and what is still missing. We argue that there is a space and an occasion in the research methods literature for proposing dialogical principles for nonfoundational research, principles that are particularly relevant for qualitative researchers struggling in worldwide business schools.

Author Biographies

Marlei Pozzebon, Professor HEC Montreal Associate Professor Fundaçao Getulio Vargas - Escola de Administraçao de Empresas de Sao Paulo
Associate professor at the International Business Department
Charo Rodriguez, McGill University
Assistant Professor in the area of Health Services and Policy Research of the McGill Department of Family Medicine as of June 2003
Maira Petrini, Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do RS
Associate Professor at Pontificia Universidade Catolica do RS
Published
2014-09-24
Section
Articles