Speaker Series: Dvora Yanow, November 8, 2012
Thursday, November 8, 2012
10:30AM — 12:00PM, T.O. Wright Room, Reynolds Alumni Center
“Studying Organizational Change: Process Methods for Process Questions”
2:00PM — 3:30PM, N206 Walt Disney Room, Memorial Union
“Categories in Policy Thinking: State-Created Categories for Race-Ethnic Groups”
Dvora Yanow is a political/policy and organizational ethnographer, and interpretive methodologist with an overall interest in the communication of meaning in organizational and policy settings. Her organizational studies research has mainly engaged organizational culture, organizational learning, organizational spaces, and, currently, practice studies.
Also known for her work on interpretive research methodologies and methods, Professor Yanow has published Conducting Interpretive Policy Analysis (Sage, 2000) and the co-edited Interpretation and Method: Empirical Research Methods and the Interpretive Turn (M E Sharpe, 2006; with Peregrine Schwartz-Shea) and Organizational Ethnography: Studying the Complexities of Everyday Life (Sage, 2009; with Sierk Ybema, Harry Wels, and Frans Kamsteeg).
Her policy research investigates state-created categories for race-ethnic identity, immigrant integration policies and citizen-making practices, and research regulation policies and practices. She is now extending that research to The Netherlands and also working on papers on state research regulation policies and practices (e.g., US IRBs) and on science museums and the idea of being ‘scientific’.
Which Identities Matter?
“Following V. D. Miller, Allen, Casey, and Johnson (2000) and Cheney (1983), we seek to characterize, rather than simply quantify, participants’ understandings of their attachments to group, organization,
and profession and the stresses associated with those attachments.”
Dilemmas in Qualitative Interviews
“The paper explores some of the emotional and ethical tensions in analysing and presenting research results and briefly discusses some implications for research training.”
Stories in Organizations
“This conceptual piece generates additional insight into the topic of narrative by focusing on stories that are repeated in organizations, which we believe adds to theory in several ways.”