Contributions Of Ethnography To The Study Of Public Services Management

Guro Huby, John Harries, Suzanne Grant

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    Ethnography in the study of public service organizations is gaining acceptance, but the practice of ethnography is changing in line with epistemological concerns and new organizational realities. We outline a move away from ethnography as participant observation of micro process in spatially bounded settings. Work in contemporary organizations is embedded in relationships that cross boundaries, and relationships are not just between people, but also between people and human artefacts such as IT systems. 'Multi-sited' ethnography is an approach to understand and manage 'the organization' as connections, disruptions and fluid boundaries. Implications for ethnography's contributions to multi-disciplinary organizational research are suggested.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)209-225
    Number of pages17
    JournalPublic Management Review
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 2011


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