Department of Culture and Learning

phd workshop

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A PhD workshop with Professor Mats Alvesson will be arranged on August 18. The workshop is intended for PhD students that have participated in introductory PhD courses in qualitative methodology and junior faculty members in the humanities, management and other social sciences.

Reflexive methodology: a workshop


The course aims to develop the participants’ skills in conducting qualitative research through exploring how various ideas on reflexivity can increase the quality and creativity of investigations.


In principle, there are two major routes to producing credible research texts. One is to follow rules and procedures indicating rationality. The other is to deal competently and innovatively with the interpretive, political, linguistic, theory-data fused nature of the research process. Awareness of the various elements influencing the research process and the research results is seen as crucial. Reflexivity emphasizes these aspects and tries to develop ideas for how to avoid traps and pitfalls in the process and how to deal creatively with the various elements in the research process. The ambition is to produce more interesting and unexpected research results through re-thinking conventions and open up for more varied and challenging uses of research questions, fieldwork practices, modes of interpretations and styles of writing.

PhD students interested in having their project idea discussed can send in a brief, max 1000 word summery, to, at least one week before the workshop.



Reflexivity: various views

Reflexivity-stimulating research perspectives

Producing (unexpected) research questions

Interpretations and re-interpretations

Producing un-expected research results


The workshop is based on (parts of) Alvesson & Sköldberg: Reflexive Methodology, Sage 2009 (2.nd ed) and the following articles:

Alvesson: Beyond neo-positivism, romanticism and localism: a reflexive approach to the research interview. Academy of Management Review, 1, 2003.

Alvesson & Kärreman: The construction of mystery: empirical matters in theory development. Academy of Management Review 2, 2011

Davis: That’s interesting. Philosophy of the Social Sciences, 1,1971


Mats Alvesson is professor at the Dept of Business Administration, Lund University, at University of Queensland Business School, and Obel visiting professor at Aalborg University.

He has worked within the following areas:

  • Management and organization of Knowledge work and knowledge-intensive firms
  • Organizational culture and identity
  • Leadership
  • Identity constructions in organizations
  • Power in organizations
  • Reflexive and qualitative methodology
  • Critical management studies
  • Gender and organization
  • Organizational change processes
  • Discourse analysis

He has published a large number of books on a variety of topics, including The Triumph of Emptiness (Oxford University Press 2013), Interpreting Interviews (Sage 2011), Qualitative Research and Theory Development (with Dan Kärreman, Sage 2011), Reflexive Methodology (with Kaj Skoldberg, Sage 2009), Doing Critical Management Research (with Stan Deetz, Sage 2000) Understanding Organizational Culture (Sage 2013), Understanding Gender and Organization (with Yvonne Billing, Sage 2009), Postmodernism and Social Research (Open University Press 2002).


Conference Chair Lise-Lotte Holmgreen

Conference secretary Julie Skibsted Larsen

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