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Participant observation in logistics research: Experiences from an RFID implementation study

Pålsson, Henrik LU (2006) 18th Annual NOFOMA Conference, 2006 In 18th annual NOFOMA conference p.1-16
Abstract (Swedish)
Abstract in Undetermined

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the advantages, challenges and uncertainties of

collecting and analyzing data using participant observation in logistics research.

Design/methodology/approach – Experiences from a participant observation study of an

interorganizational radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation in an international

environment are presented and reflected on. The RFID implementation included complex

interactions between three leading companies.



Findings – The results appear to support an increased use of participant observation in qualitative

logistics research, particularly when... (More)
Abstract in Undetermined

Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the advantages, challenges and uncertainties of

collecting and analyzing data using participant observation in logistics research.

Design/methodology/approach – Experiences from a participant observation study of an

interorganizational radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation in an international

environment are presented and reflected on. The RFID implementation included complex

interactions between three leading companies.



Findings – The results appear to support an increased use of participant observation in qualitative

logistics research, particularly when investigating interorganizational aspects. The analysis

highlights values, general limitations and challenges of using participant observation in logistics.

The paper illustrates that using participant observation results in significant and detailed findings,

which would be difficult to achieve with other methods. Suggestions on how to take advantage of the

method’s benefits and overcome methodological challenges are provided.



Research limitations/implications – Future research may address experiences from other studies

regarding how to analyze and report data from a participant observation study. It may also clarify the

role the method is given in case studies and extend the analysis of epistemological aspects conducted

in this paper.



Practical implications – This paper may inspire logistics researchers to consider participant

observation, either as sole method or as part of a multi-methodical case study, in order to make use of

its benefits and thus broaden the dimensions of logistics research.



Originality/value – A broad literature review indicates that participant observation studies are

rather uncommon in logistics research. This paper thus highlights the potential of using this method in

logistics research, particularly when investigating the overlooked, but essential, interorganizational

aspects of logistics and SCM. (Less)
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Logistics research, Interorganizational, Participant observation, RFID implementation, Qualitative research, Packaging logistics
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Purpose – The purpose of this paper is to describe the advantages, challenges and uncertainties of<br/><br>
collecting and analyzing data using participant observation in logistics research.<br/><br>
Design/methodology/approach – Experiences from a participant observation study of an<br/><br>
interorganizational radio frequency identification (RFID) implementation in an international<br/><br>
environment are presented and reflected on. The RFID implementation included complex<br/><br>
interactions between three leading companies.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Findings – The results appear to support an increased use of participant observation in qualitative<br/><br>
logistics research, particularly when investigating interorganizational aspects. The analysis<br/><br>
highlights values, general limitations and challenges of using participant observation in logistics.<br/><br>
The paper illustrates that using participant observation results in significant and detailed findings,<br/><br>
which would be difficult to achieve with other methods. Suggestions on how to take advantage of the<br/><br>
method’s benefits and overcome methodological challenges are provided.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Research limitations/implications – Future research may address experiences from other studies<br/><br>
regarding how to analyze and report data from a participant observation study. It may also clarify the<br/><br>
role the method is given in case studies and extend the analysis of epistemological aspects conducted<br/><br>
in this paper.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Practical implications – This paper may inspire logistics researchers to consider participant<br/><br>
observation, either as sole method or as part of a multi-methodical case study, in order to make use of<br/><br>
its benefits and thus broaden the dimensions of logistics research.<br/><br>
<br/><br>
Originality/value – A broad literature review indicates that participant observation studies are<br/><br>
rather uncommon in logistics research. This paper thus highlights the potential of using this method in<br/><br>
logistics research, particularly when investigating the overlooked, but essential, interorganizational<br/><br>
aspects of logistics and SCM.},
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  series       = {18th annual NOFOMA conference},
  title        = {Participant observation in logistics research: Experiences from an RFID implementation study},
  year         = {2006},
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