Elite interviewing in professional organizations

Empson, L. (2017). Elite interviewing in professional organizations. Journal of Professions and Organization, doi: 10.1093/jpo/jox010

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Abstract

Interviewing elites presents distinctive methodological challenges, which are exacerbated when interviewing elite professionals. These individuals (i.e. senior professionals and professionals in elite professional organizations) are typically relatively powerful, highly educated, and self-assured, and work in organizations which guard their external image very carefully. Over the past 25 years I have interviewed many hundreds of senior professionals in elite professional organizations. For this article, I have reflected on my experiences and have asked senior professionals to reflect on their own experience of research interviews. Bringing together insights of both interviewees and interviewers, this article provides an opportunity for researchers to reflect upon and improve their professional practice when conducting elite interviews.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a pre-copyedited, author-produced version of an article accepted for publication in Journal of Professions and Organization following peer review. The version of record Empson, L. (2017). Elite interviewing in professional organizations. Journal of Professions and Organization, will be available online at: http://www.oxfordjournals.org/our_journals/jpo/
Uncontrolled Keywords: Elite interviewing, Professionals, Professional organizations, Qualitative methods
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HD Industries. Land use. Labor
Divisions: Cass Business School > Faculty of Management
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/18237

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