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Anderson to Host Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference March 11 - 13, 2008

January 31, 2008

(Albuquerque, NM) Over the past two decades, qualitative research in management and organization studies has explored new forms of fieldwork, method, theorizing, and writing. Yet the long and distinguished history of qualitative research dates at least from the Hawthorne Studies of the 1920s and the early urban ethnographies and anthropological contributions. John Van Maanen’s seminal Tales of the Field (1988) is a key contribution link¬ing this history to exciting new developments in fieldwork. His text had and continues to have a profound effect on qualitative organizational scholarship because it highlights the possibilities for ethnography, engaging more directly with organizational life and thinking more reflexively about such work.

Participants at the Qualitative Research in Management and Organization Conference beginning March 11 at the University of New Mexico will have the opportunity to hear first hand about the Van Maanen’s groundbreaking contributions. The Erwin H. Schell Professor of Organization Studies at the MIT Sloan School of Management, John Van Maanen, will be joined by H.L. (Bud) Goodall, Director of the ASU Hugh Downs School of Communication, as the keynote speakers at this year’s conference.

Not only will the conference recognize and celebrate Van Maanen’s impact on the field, it will also create a space in which qualitative scholars who use multiple methods, voices, and ways of writing qualitative work can exchange ideas and engage in critical discussion.

Papers, panels, and innovative sessions will explore philosophical, theoretical, and practical aspects of qualitative approaches to researching organizational life. Contributions from a range of disciplines will be presented, including management and organization studies, accounting, marketing, communication, cultural studies, information and decision sciences, sociology, psychology, education, health, and public administration.

Early registration is underway through January 31 at a cost of $450.00. The price goes up to $480.00 on February 1. All registrations include two lunches and two keynote speaker banquets. To receive a registration form or for more information visit The Anderson School of Management website at


The Anderson School of Management at the University of New Mexico is dedicated to excellence in professional management education. At the Anderson School, faculty, staff, and students are committed to shaping the intellect and character of the next generation of business leaders, advancing the knowledge and practice of management, promoting economic development, and building a vibrant intellectual community that serves the highest and best interests of all our stakeholders.

The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.