Time and the writing of personal narratives in organizational ethnography

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This chapter focuses on the role time might play in the writing of organizational autoethnographies addressing issues concerning what can be written when and in what form. It also focuses how the authors might understand an experience-based narrative differently when looking at it from different points in time and from different perspectives. Mette Gislev Kjaersgaard presents examples of personal narratives written during and after the fieldwork she conducted as a young anthropologist and PhD student nearly 15 years ago and explores how returning to former experiences and dairy notes enables new reflections and insights. Mette’s narratives derive from an interdisciplinary research and design project named “The Body Games” project, which focused on designing digital playgrounds for children. Through examples from The Body Game project, the authors deals with personal and reflective narratives as part of the process of capturing and analyzing personal experiences, to understand organizational practices and issues at stake at particular events such as a project workshop.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge International Handbook of Organizational Autoethnography
EditorsAndrew F. Herrmann
Place of PublicationLondon
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)9780367174729
ISBN (Electronic)9780429616112
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Autoethnography
  • organizational ethnography
  • personal narratives


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