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Desert Island data : Using BBC radio 4's desert Island discs in organization and management research

Cohen, Laurie LU and Duberley, Joanne (2018) p.27-44
Abstract

Laurie Cohen and Joanne Duberley describe their use of an unconventional data source-a radio programme-to study celebrity careers. This source also includes music, which evokes memories, and elicits emotions not readily captured in conventional interviews. They used the archives of the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs to study the careers of well-known research scientists. The programme's format has been consistent over its 70-year history; 'castaways' from all walks of life are interviewed about their careers and are asked to select eight pieces of music, which reveal many other aspects of their lives. This research focused on the relationships between work and life course, the notion of career as performance, and the role of... (More)

Laurie Cohen and Joanne Duberley describe their use of an unconventional data source-a radio programme-to study celebrity careers. This source also includes music, which evokes memories, and elicits emotions not readily captured in conventional interviews. They used the archives of the BBC Radio 4 programme Desert Island Discs to study the careers of well-known research scientists. The programme's format has been consistent over its 70-year history; 'castaways' from all walks of life are interviewed about their careers and are asked to select eight pieces of music, which reveal many other aspects of their lives. This research focused on the relationships between work and life course, the notion of career as performance, and the role of emotion in the narration of career. Desert Island Discs is part of an extensive archive. As time and funding for research are tight, rapid no-cost access to such data is valuable.

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Desert Island Discs, Radio archives as research evidence, Unconventional data sources
host publication
Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research
editor
Bryman, Alan and Buchanan, David A.
pages
18 pages
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Oxford University Press
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  • scopus:85050232079
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9780198796978
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10.1093/oso/9780198796978.003.0002
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English
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  author       = {Cohen, Laurie and Duberley, Joanne},
  booktitle    = {Unconventional Methodology in Organization and Management Research},
  editor       = {Bryman, Alan and Buchanan, David A.},
  isbn         = {9780198796978},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {27--44},
  publisher    = {Oxford University Press},
  title        = {Desert Island data : Using BBC radio 4's desert Island discs in organization and management research},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oso/9780198796978.003.0002},
  doi          = {10.1093/oso/9780198796978.003.0002},
  year         = {2018},
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