Use Holt and Thorpe (2008) and Johnson and Duberley (2000, 2003) to explain what reflexivity means to you.
According to Holt and Thorpe (2008), reflexivity makes a researcher to be aware of how he affects the outcomes and process of research. It means that a researcher plays the role of a knower and thus he/she cannot be separated from the knowledge. Holt and Thorpe (2008) also argued that while a researcher carries out qualitative research, it is impossible for him to remain outside of the subject matter of the research. Johnson and Durbley (2003) states that reflexivity makes management practitioners to surface and question their intuitive understanding. They also stated that reflexivity allows managers to make examined metatheoretical commitments and know the origins of the commitments. Methodological, deconstructive and epistemic are the three approaches of reflexivity. The aim of methodological reflexivity is nurturing and sustaining objectivity (Johnson & Durbley, 2003). In contrast, the aim of deconstructive reflexivity is displaying and overturning constructive processes in an attempt of invoking temporary alternative voices. Epistemic reflexivity aims at controlling the ethical, social and metatheoretical subtexts of discourses.
List the practical constraints and personal values that influenced your choice of workplace-based problem for this module.
Several practical constraints influenced my choice of the problem of knowledge hoarding in our organization. Our organizational routines are strict. Every employee is expected to follow them without changing any of the routines. It makes employees to prefer working on their own because they may fear that any contribution that they may share would lead to organization failure. Our organization also does not encourage communication between employees. We have to follow established lines of communication, which do not promote brainstorming of ideas. It makes employees not to be willing to share any informal information. My personal values also influenced the choice of the problem of knowledge hoarding. I believe that teamwork is a critical factor that contributes to the success of any investment team. This made me to consider solving the problem of knowledge hoarding in an attempt of fostering team coherence. I also believe that every employee has a right of giving his opinion on a particular issue. It is therefore important for me to solve the problem of knowledge hoarding so that I encourage each employee to share his opinion.
How might you go about implementing reflexivity in relation to your workplace-based problem solving activities?
According to Alvesson and Hardy (2008), there are four different forms of reflexivity practice. These forms of practice include reflexivity as multi-perspective practice, reflexivity as multi-voicing practice, reflexivity as positioning practice and reflexivity as destabilising practice. When a researcher considers reflexivity as a positioning practices, he argues that knowledge is not something that people have in their heads but something that people do together. Researchers therefore consider the broad social landscape while they conduct their research. When I solve the problem of knowledge hoarding in our organization, I will consider other factors in the external environment that may make members in our investment team not to be free to share investment knowledge that they may have.
Use the required readings to consider how you might go about implementing reflexivity in relation to writing your Critical Action Learning (CAL) final report for this module?
Alvesson and Hardy (2008) also identified reflexivity as destabilising practices. It means that researchers do not concentrate on theorizing their own work but target the research of other people that is not reflexive. In addition, the researcher concentrates on criticizing the research work that is accepted in the academic community despite it lacking reflexivity. When I write the final critical action learning report of this module, I will look for the work of other researchers that does not incorporate reflexivity and analyse it to strengthen my research. According to Hibbert, Coupland & Macintosh (2010), reflexivity takes the form of reflection and recursion. When researchers practice reflection, they become observers of their own practice. It makes researchers question their own ways of doing things. I will use the concept of reflection by critically evaluating all my sources in an attempt of determining whether they will help me present my ideas on the final report.