Smitha Sebastian

PhD Research Student

Institute of International Management Practice

Faculty:Lord Ashcroft International Business School

Location: Cambridge

The title of Smitha's thesis is 'Moving forward by looking backward: A historiography of workplace and organisational ethanography in the UK since 1965.


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This research project is a development of Simon Down’s 2012 work, which argued that in order to ascertain the impact and significance of changing ethnographic practices, it is critical to study past ethnographic studies in their historical contexts. Thus, the aim of my research is to contextualize past WOE studies and understand the intellectual trends in the representation of work and research practices in WOE studies. This will be achieved by employing a mixed methods design to study the nine WOE studies conducted in the UK from the period 1965 to 2000. The nine WOE studies serve as vantage points to trace and understand the intellectual history of ethnography.

Selected recent publications

Sebastian, S., Hirst, A. and Down, S. (2015). How influential has Workplace and Organizational Ethnography (WOE) been? : A citation analysis of WOEs in the UK from 1965 to 2000 . Presented at the Ethnography Symposium, Liverpool