Chapter 8 Week six

First class


As we head into the ‘home stretch’ of the course, and the topic of ‘Presenting your research’ it is tempting to think that we have come to the end of the research process; the data has been collected, analysed, and all that is left is to present our findings. Alas, it is often the case that in writing-up our work, we find that we need new literature, extra data, more analysis. Writing up can often be the trigger for further iterations through the research cycle. It is not unusual, having submitted a piece of work that we thought was ‘perfectly fine’, to have reviewers ask for “an additional comparative case”, or for the inclusion of a particular piece of literature that then means additional interviews have to be done. It is also the case that there are few researchers who haven’t been told “There are two papers here”, or “Your research question needs some work”, resulting in almost new papers being written.

So, writing-up is not always the end.

Even so, as your summative learning journal looms large on the horizon, the plan for this week is relatively light to allow you to focus on that task.

Class plan

  • Reflecting on the readings by Gioia and Jarzabkowski, what is their impact on how you think about qualitative research design?

  • What tools and techniques from the course will you use in completing your summative learning journal?

  • Compare and contrast the ‘specialist’ recommendations you found on writing up with that from Myers (Qualitative research in business & management, 2013, pp. 221–250).

  • How does that specialist advice differ to that which your colleagues found (regardless of the choice of method)?

  • What lessons from Myers (Qualitative research in business & management, 2013, pp. 221–250) will you bring through to your summative learning journal?

  • What question do you have about your summative learning?

  • ‘Pair and share’ the outlines of your summative learning journal. What actionable feedback can you give to help your colleagues?

Prep and tasks

  1. Read “Part VI” of Myers (Qualitative research in business & management, 2013, pp. 221–250) — 30 minutes.

    • List two or three ideas from this reading, that you will apply to your summative learning journal — 10 minutes.
  2. Discuss the idea that, “As used in this course, a summative learning journal is a form of auto-ethnography”. — 30 minutes.

  3. Discuss the question, “Does an auto-ethnographic study require approval from the University of Auckland Human Participants Ethics Committee?” — 20 minutes.

  4. There are many papers on presenting your research. These often spill over into how you should collect and analyse your data. You have already read one by Gioia et al. (2013). Review the paper by Jarazabkowski and her colleagues on producing persausive findings (Jarzabkowski, Bednarek, & Lê, 2014). How do papers like these shape how you intend to present your summative learning journal ? — 90 minutes.

  5. There are many specialised texts on particular reserch methods, e.g., action research, or thematic analysis. These texts often contain a chapter on ‘writing up’. For a method that you think you are likely to use in your own research, find an appropriate chapter on the SAGE research methods website, and summarise the key points.

  6. Review both Daudelin (1996)and Payne and Payne (2004) from Week 1. What are you trying to achieve in your summative learning journal? This could be the opening paragraph to your summative learning journal — 30 minutes.

  7. Write a detailed draft unless you are feeling ambitious) of your summative learning journal and bring it to class — 240 minutes.

8.0.1 Post class reflection

With the first class of the week behind you, it is time for you to reflect on what you have learnt and write-up your learning journal (Section 1.3 ‐ 90 minutes). You can then do your review your allocated learning journals of you peers (Section 1.3 ‐ 60 minutes).

Second class


This class is dedicated to your summative learning journals. If you have no question or concerns, you can consider spending the time working on your final piece of work.

Class plan

  • Foreshadowing your summative learning journals, what are your big takeaways?

  • Wrapping it up

  • Class party? (Class lunch?)

Prep and tasks

  1. Do more revisions/iterations on your summative learning journal — 360 minutes.

End of the course

The course is pretty much over now. All you need to do now is polish up your summative learning journal (Section 1.5) — 120 minutes.