Disputed fields: Undertaking Collaborative Research in an Industrial Relations Environment

Sociology & Anthropology Seminar

 School of Humanities & Social Science,
of Newcastle



“Disputed Fields: Undertaking Collaborative Research in an Industrial Relations Environment”

with Debbie Long,

 (Sociology and Anthropology, University of Newcastle)

This paper reflects on the challenges presented in undertaking collaborative research involving stakeholders from a health service organisation, a management consultancy firm, a commercial service delivery company, a union, clinical health staff and clinical management staff. Five social science researchers were involved in the project team, which numbered nearly 20 in total. The initial context was fraught with a history of antagonism and dispute. The report from the project was praised by the Industrial Relations Commission as being a model for collaborative dispute resolution. This paper discusses strategies adopted in attempting to move from dispute to collaboration. It argues that an ethnographic approach is particularly well suited to dispute resolution.

To be held in the Cultural Collections (near the Information Common)
Level 2, Auchmuty Library, Callaghan Campus

Thursday 15 April 2010, 3pm – 4.30pm

Staff, students and interested friends welcome.

Please contact Barry.Morris@newcastle.edu.au with any queries.


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