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Room Change! Bridge House (now in room CBH008, Ground Floor)

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The BAM Researcher Development Hub | This event is specially designed for research students and members of staff at the University of Chester's Faculty of Business & Management (BAM).

Eligibility: Open to all researchers and interested parties.

A public research seminar by Dr Ali Rostron, University of Liverpool

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  • Lunch and networking (20 minutes)
  • Research seminar (20 minutes)
  • Questions and answers (20 minutes)

Let’s talk about me: The validity and value of autoethnography as a research method

Despite its increasing use in organisational studies, autoethnography remains the cause of some suspicion as a research method. Is it sufficiently rigorous? Is its subject sufficiently significant? And can the researcher ever achieve sufficient distance from themselves as their own subject? I argue that these common criticisms are asking the wrong question. Qualitative researchers are concerned with investigating lived experience. Rather than asking how we, as researchers, can establish sufficient distance from the lives and experiences we study, we should instead be asking how we can get closer. Moreover, adopting the dual role of both researcher and subject offers the possibility of catching and observing ourselves in the process of making sense of and accounting for our experiences. I explore and illustrate this proposal through a narrative study of my own doctoral viva, and demonstrate how, as researcher, I am studying both myself as a subject of a viva, and myself as a subject trying to account for and make sense of that subjectivity.

Dr Ali Rostron, BA Hons (Oxon), MBA, PhD, FHEA

Ali Rostron is a Lecturer in Management at the University of Liverpool Management School. She received her first degree in Ancient and Modern History from the University of Oxford, and completed an MBA and PhD at Chester Business School. She has worked extensively in public, corporate and third sector management, and since 2012 has been researching and lecturing in areas relating to leadership and management, management learning, business ethics, organisational culture and research methods. Her current research focuses on the implications of an identity perspective for areas of organisational and management practice; the role of stories in organisational life; and the ways in which organisations manage and negotiate paradoxical institutional logics of entrepreneurship and social accountability, commercial viability and public good.

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