Role of phenomenology in management research

Ignatius Odongo (Corresponding / Lead Author), Caroline Ntara (Corresponding / Lead Author)

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    This paper examines phenomenology as a research methodology and
    posits that management research could benefit from its focus on human action
    and experience. The paper is conceived as a reflective literature review on
    phenomenology augmented by case studies on its application. It is shown that
    management is intertwined in a web of competing and reciprocal human
    experiences and actions, making it challenging to understand without grasping
    the human element. This complexity pressures management researchers and
    practitioners to reconcile theory with practice. Consequently, management
    research requires a worldview that invites scrutiny of how individuals assign
    significance to their everyday management responsibilities and encounters in
    their natural as opposed to contrived settings. While phenomenological
    research has been applied extensively in understanding human-related
    experiences, its application in management research is limited. Accordingly,
    the paper adds to scholarly discourse by providing insights into the application
    of phenomenology in management research.
    Original languageEnglish
    Article number4
    Pages (from-to)1-15
    Number of pages15
    JournalInternational Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy
    Issue number4
    Early online date2024
    Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2024


    • phenomenology; management research; qualitative research; management.


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