Participatory Work-Along as an Apprentice—A Qualitative Research Tool in Studying Organizationsand Work Practices

  • Carl Cato Wadel University of Stavanger
Keywords: Organization & management

Abstract

Participatory work-along implies a method whereby the researcher learns through entering into a direct working relationship with people and performing work activities together with them. This method can provide a solid empirical basis for understanding practice as well as the opportunity to uncover practices that are taken for granted. The possibilities work-along in an apprenticeship role can offer to a researcher studying work organizations and work practices, as well as challenges related to such a methodological approach, are discussed in relation to fieldwork carried out within the public care system for elderly people in Norway and Sweden.

Author Biography

Carl Cato Wadel, University of Stavanger

Associate Professor, Faculty of Social Sciences,. email: carl.wadel@uis.no

Published
2015-11-01
How to Cite
Wadel, C. (2015). Participatory Work-Along as an Apprentice—A Qualitative Research Tool in Studying Organizationsand Work Practices. Nordic Journal of Working Life Studies, 5, 85-103. https://doi.org/10.19154/njwls.v5i3a.4835