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Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management

An International Journal

ISSN: 1746-5648

This journal is a Hybrid Open Access journal
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CiteScore 2017: 0.33
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Editorial objectives

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management is an international journal committed to encouraging and publishing critical qualitative work from researchers and practitioners within the management and organizational field throughout the world. The journal seeks to provide a forum for qualitative researchers through which they can share their work with others and, in particular, discuss issues of research practice pertinent to qualitative approaches.

We are looking for articles that don’t just arrive at useful findings based on qualitative methods but which:

  • provide an “in-depth” study of the processes involved (e.g., what activities/ interrelationships can be identified in arriving at a particular conclusion?)
  • discuss/reflect on issues of research practice (i.e., what we can learn from applying selected qualitative methods);
  • are critical (i.e., broadly concerned with understanding the impact of managing and organizing on human experience and life chances);
  • are focussed on subjective experience (i.e., provides in-depth understanding of what people feel about the processes involved); 
  • are context oriented (e.g., provides understanding of the context in which the study is conducted and the potential influence on the people under study);
  • provides an in-depth account of key aspects of the (qualitative) research applied and the challenges involved (e.g., what methods were used, how/why were they used, and what lessons are to be learned from adopting a particular research strategy)

Unique attributes  

QROM is the only journal that focuses exclusively on excellence in qualitative research across the management and organizational discipline. The journal encourages research which is critical, focused on subjective experience and context-oriented. Any topic relevant to organization and management studies is suitable. 

To encourage reflexive practice and the dissemination of critical skills in the field, the journal includes a section entitled Insider Accounts, where authors can give a frank and in-depth account of some aspect of their (qualitative) research practice. Book Reviews of relevant texts are also published under the auspices of the Book Review Editor.


Research stemming from qualitative techniques covers a spectrum of methods and can be located within a wide range of epistemological perspectives. Many of these techniques are not well known or utilized by researchers in the management and organizational studies arena despite the potentially unique perspectives they provide on important and contemporary management research issues. We encourage submissions from all epistemological perspectives that are broadly critical. 

Key benefits

QROM is essential reading for both academics wanting an overview of the current state of the art of qualitative methods in management and organizational research and for practitioners seeking knowledge of excellent examples of applied qualitative empirical work. QROM:

  • Is the only journal that focuses exclusively on excellence in qualitative research across the management and organizational discipline
  • Provides an outlet for high quality qualitative research
  • Demonstrates the significant impact that outputs of qualitative research can have on everyday managerial practice
  • Highlights the diverse range of subject areas to which qualitative research can contribute

Key journal audiences

Researchers, educators, and senior practitioners who are interested in researching, discussing and analyzing qualitative research and its implications for management and organizational studies will be interested in the journal.

Recent Special Issues

Approaches, methods and critical diversity scholarships: the challenges and the outcomes (Volume 13, Issue 3) - Guest Editors: Inge Bleijenbergh, Lize Booysen and Albert J, Mills. The aim of this special issue was to explore the challenges and the outcomes of approaches and methods in critical diversity scholarship. The papers in this issue specifically focus on the different critical approaches to diversity scholarship and how they influence knowing and research diversity.

Power, subjectivity and context in workplace bullying, emotional abuse and harassment: Insights from postpositivism (Volume 13, Issue 1) - Guest Editors: Premilla D'Cruz, Ernesto Noronha, Pamela Lutgen-Sandvik. Each of the five papers included in this special issue speaks to the issue of power, subjectivity or context, or combinations of these, making unique contributions to the field of workplace bullying, emotional abuse and harassment, on several counts. The thematic focus across the papers encompasses a wide range including teasing, upwards bullying, coping, complaints and redress procedures and marital repercussions.

Organizational practices of social movements and popular struggles: understanding the power of organizing from below (Volume 12, Issue 4) - Guest Editors: Maria Ceci Misoczy, Guilherme Dornelas Camara and Steffen Böhm. This special issue call for papers departed from the recognition that the study of social movements (SMs) in the field of organization studies (OS) has been largely influenced by theories constructed to analyze business organizations and their interactions with formal and informal SM organizations (SMOs). The papers engage with debates that are contemporary and very much needed today, addressing issues from the organizational and spatial practices of SMs to the relationship with the state apparatus and to epistemological and ontological dimensions.

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management is indexed and abstracted in:

ABI/Inform, Business Source Alumni Edition/Complete/Corporate Plus/Elite/Premier (EBSCO), Cabell's Directory of Publishing Opportunities in Management & Marketing, Emerging Sources Citation Index ESCI (Clarivate Analytics), INSPEC, OCLC's Electronic Collections Online, ProQuest, ReadCube Discovery

Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management is ranked by: 

ABS (UK), Australian Business Deans Council (ABDC) Quality Journal List, Australian Research Council (ERA Journal List), BFI (Denmark), NSD (Norway), Polish Scholarly Bibliography (PBN), QUALIS, Scopus, The Publication Forum (Finland)


Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management is available as part of an online subscription to the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection. For more information, please email or visit the Emerald HR, Learning & Organization Studies eJournals Collection page.

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