Placing emotion and fantasy at the heart of the researcher-researched relationship: The contribution of psychosocial studies

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Purpose: The purpose of this paper is to introduce psychosocial research methodology as a method that makes use of the emotions of researcher and researched and goes well-beyond empathetic understanding. Design/methodology/approach: This short piece critically introduces the recently published book Further Researching Beneath the Surface (Volume 2): Psycho-social Research Methods in Practice, Eds Cummins, A.-M., and Williams, N., and analyses the psychosocial approach to qualitative research that emphasizes research as an emotional activity and makes use of the researcher’s and the researched’s emotional responses to each other in drawing interpretations about organizational phenomena. Findings: By analysing transference and counter-transference, researchers can draw valuable insights into organizational phenomena that remain unseen by more conventional research methodologies. Originality/value: Emotions, far from being the enemy of the researcher, can, if recognized properly, be valuable resources in social research.


External organisations
  • University of Bath
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Social Sciences Interdisciplinary


  • Counter-transference, Emotion, Free association narrative interview (FANI), Psychosocial research, Research relation
Original languageEnglish
JournalQualitative Research in Organizations and Management: An International Journal
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 2019 Jul 23
Publication categoryResearch