Triangulation in organizational research: A re-presentation

Julie Wolfram Cox, John Hassard

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Abstract

This paper extends the discussion of postmodern thinking in organizational theory through a re-presentation of the concept of triangulation in organizational research. Initially triangulation is defined through the contrasting lenses of positivism and post-positivism/postmodernism and analysed as a metaphor for fixing and capturing the research subject. Subsequently triangulation is 're-presented' as 'metaphorization' - in terms of process and movement between researcher-subject positions. Rethinking the lines and angles of enquiry in triangulation, the paper suggests a shift from the 'triangulation of distance' tradition to a more reflexive consideration of 'researcher stance'. This movement is represented across three perspectives: the researcher as a follower of nomothetic lines; the researcher as the taker of an ideographic overview; and the researcher as the finder of a particular angle. The implications of this re-presentation are then discussed in terms of perspective, data capture, reflexivity and meta-triangulation.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)109-133
Number of pages24
JournalOrganization
Volume12
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2005

Keywords

  • Metaphorization
  • Organization theory
  • Post-modernism
  • Reflexivity

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