This chapter addresses the common assumption that research questions are fixed at the outset of a study and should remain stable thereafter.We consider field-based organizational research and ask whether and when research questions can legitimately change. We suggest that change can, does, and indeed should occur in response to changes in the context within which the research is being conducted. Using an illustrative example,we identify refinement and reframing as two distinct types of research question development. We conclude that greater transparency over research question evolution would be a healthy development for the field.
|Title of host publication||Research in Organizational Change and Development|
|Editors||Debra A. Noumair, Abraham B. (Rami) Shani|
|Publisher||Emerald Publishing Limited|
|Number of pages||36|
|Publication status||Published - 2016|
|Name||Research in Organizational Change and Development|
MacIntosh, R., Bartunek, J. M., Bhatt, M., & MacLean, D. (2016). I Never Promised You a Rose Garden: When Research Questions Ought to Change. In D. A. Noumair, & A. B. (Rami) Shani (Eds.), Research in Organizational Change and Development (Vol. 24, pp. 47-82). (Research in Organizational Change and Development; Vol. 24). Emerald Publishing Limited. https://doi.org/10.1108/S0897-301620160000024003