Title

Reflecting on researching management development at BankWest

Document Type

Conference Proceeding

Publisher

Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management

Place of Publication

Dunedin, New Zealand

School

School of Management

RAS ID

2770

Comments

Originally published as: Watson, M. (2004). Reflecting on researching management development at BankWest. In proceedings of 18th Annual Conference of the Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management: People First - Serving Our Stakeholders. Dunedin, New Zealand: Australian and New Zealand Academy of Management. Original paper available here

Abstract

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.