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The QAME of Trans‐disciplinary Ethnography: Making Visible Disciplinary Theories of Ethnographic Praxis as Boundary Object

Tunstall, Elizabeth (Dori) (2008) The QAME of Trans‐disciplinary Ethnography: Making Visible Disciplinary Theories of Ethnographic Praxis as Boundary Object. Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference Proceedings, 2008 (1). 218 - 233. ISSN 1559-890X

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Abstract

Framed by the idea that ethnography is a trans‐disciplinary praxis, this paper adopts Alan Barnard's framework of the theory as questions, assumptions, methods, and evidence (QAME) to compare how ethnographic praxis is approached across the domains of anthropology, marketing, and design. The companies Intel, Cheskin, and IDEO serve as exemplars for each domain, respectively. Through a content analysis of academic journals and popular media, the paper explores the discursive meanings of ethnography as a “boundary object” across many domains. The paper concludes with how Barnard's QAME framework can be used to make visible ethnography's multiple meanings so that practitioners can improve interdisciplinary collaborations within organizations and better articulate ethnography's value to business.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2016 17:38
Last Modified: 04 Feb 2017 17:03
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1263

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