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Birkbeck academic to host seminar on Internet research methods

Dr Katrina Pritchard, Department of Organizational Psychology, with Gillian Symon (Royal Holloway) will host the next British Academy of Management Research Methods “Sharing our Struggles” event on Monday 16 December 2013.

Dr Katrina Pritchard, Department of Organizational Psychology will be co-hosting with Gillian Symon (Royal Holloway) the next British Academy of Management Research Methods “Sharing our Struggles” event on Monday 16 December 2013.

The seminar will include a range of speakers discussing methodological issues associated with internet ethnography (Christine Hine, Surrey),  exploring issues around researching ‘hidden’ internet use at work (James Richards,  Herriot Watt) and the experiences of a virtual creativity greenhouse (Holger Schnadelbach, Nottingham and Paula Bailey, ESPRC).

Dr Pritchard and her research colleague, Rebecca Whiting (Open University) will be discussing the collection and analysis of text and images from Web 2.0 within their age at work research project.

They will discuss:

  • The challenges arising from the data they collected systematically using internet tools and alerts in a daily automated search process over 150 days in 2011/12
  • The difficulties in ‘capturing’ Web 2.0 interactions and the challenges associated with different forms of data, which range from stock photos to tweets. This builds on their  exploration of some of the early issues in a recent publication (Pritchard and Whiting 2012)
  • How discussions about age at work travel across the internet as people like, tweet and share stories.
  • How online news has facilitated new forms of consumption, with both optimistic and pessimistic scenarios proposed regarding opportunities for voice.

The BAM Research Methods workshop will provide the opportunity to hear researchers discuss their own specific experiences of on-line research, revealing both their successes and the issues that arise.

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