Reflecting on researching management development at BankWest
Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management
Place of Publication
Dunedin, New Zealand
School of Management
This paper is a reflexive account of the approach being used by a PhD researcher undertaking research-in-progress for an Australian Research Council funded project investigating the role of management development at BankWest. The paper makes explicit the influences structuring the research, traces the evolution of the longitudinal case study design and discusses the usefulness of a contextualist perspective for conducting field research in an organisation that is now transitioning from a small bank headquartered in Western Australia to the major entity in HBOS Australia, part of a multinational banking group. The value of applying a Habermasian framework overlaid with a reflexive interpretation to the research process is illustrated, comment is made on the use of narrative in change research and reflections made on the process to this point.