March 27th, 2018. 1 – 4pm

Crossing Boundaries with Multimodal Qualitative Methods.
Janet Salmons

We need mixed modes to study a mixed-reality world. When one qualitative approach would limit us from fully grasping important dimensions of a phenomenon and those who live it, how can we develop multifaceted research schemes?  This workshop will explore conceptual and practical considerations for planning and conducting multimodal qualitative studies.

Methodologies that invite researchers to draw on diverse perspectives, and methods that mix visual and verbal, digital and face-to-face data collection, will provide food for thought and discussion.

Thinking metaphorically about researchers’ roles and relationships, we will explore ways to mix metaphors. We will weigh implications for organizing concurrent or sequential stages of data collection and analysis.

We will critically dissect published articles and brainstorm ways to redesign them to exemplify the potential for multimodal inquiry.

In exercises using problem scenarios (or your own research problem), you can explore ways of designing studies that uses multimodal ways to generate rich data.


This workshop offers a lively and interactive way to prepare for the QRM conference.

Janet Salmons is an independent researcher, writer and consultant through Vision2Lead. She co-founded Path to Publishing with Dr. Helen Kara and developed the Create Your Publication Strategy online course. Janet wrote Doing Qualitative Research Online (2016), Qualitative Online interviews (2015), and edited the Cases in Online Interview Research (2012). Janet is a blogger for SAGE Methodspace, and an acquisitions reviewer for the SAGE Research Cases. She is active as a speaker for webinars and conferences. Previous experience includes faculty positions at Walden University and Capella University, where she taught courses in leadership and supervised doctoral students’ research.

Creating organizational knowledge through dialogical sense making. Tools for facilitating critical reflexivity in research.
Giuseppe Scaratti, Silvia Ivaldi, Mara Gorli.

The workshop is focused on the production of knowledge in an organizational context. We will discuss how the production and circulation of knowledge is strictly connected and involves processes of critical and dialogical sense-making. This is based on an interpretation of knowledge as emancipatory and transformative: that knowledge can open up possibilities for organizational development and change.

From this perspective research is enacted as a dialogical and responsive unfolding experience, in which both researchers and practitioners are involved in meaningful dialogue to question what might be taken-for-granted.

The workshop will be structured in three main steps:

  1. Introduction of theoretical dimensions connected to a critical approach in the production of knowledge and organizational change
  2. Presentation of three tools: narrative portraits; de-sign thinking; graphic representation of organizational lived spaces for the promotion of critical and dialogical reflexivity (each tool will be supported with examples of research cases)
  3. Involvement of participants in a practical application of these tools

The workshop will be strongly interactive and will be based on the direct involvement of participants. The aim is to discuss a theoretical approach and also to prompt practical ways of testing and analysing methodological implications for reflexive, relational and dialogical research that is both relevant and critical.

The symposium will be held by members of the Work and Organizational Psychology research unit of the Catholic University of Milan. Their research is oriented around changing organizations using practice-based approaches and action research methodologies. The team have a range of experience researching within a variety of organizations including those in health care and social enterprise. Specifically, their research interests are around: organizational learning and knowledge, sustainability and practice-based studies, organizational change and communities of practice and co-working spaces. They have presented at international conferences and also facilitated workshops in the UK and Europe on these topics.

The workshops are free, but please pre-register with Ann Cunliffe at ann.cunliffe@fgv.br  by March 20th, 2018