ERIC Number: ED247301
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1984-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Gaining Access to Work Settings: A Tale of Two Cities.
Reisman, Jane; Borman, Kathryn
This paper addresses the specific concerns of gaining entry into formal and complex organizational settings, specifically businesses, to conduct field research. Accounts of other researchers' experiences and the authors' own field data are analyzed and viewed within an open systems organizational framework. Through the use of metaphors relating to boundaries such as "boundary maintenance" and "boundary transactions", an open systems theory provides useful guidelines and decision rules which can be invoked when researchers negotiate access to business. (Author)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Guides - Non-Classroom; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Inst. of Education (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: Boundaries; Open Systems Theory
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (68th, New Orleans, LA, April 23-27, 1984).