Composing qualitative process research

Hans Berends*, Fleur Deken

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Qualitative process research is becoming increasingly popular, yet authors often struggle with creating an effective write-up. Process articles must demonstrate a close-knit link between process data and process theory, and, at the same time, engage the reader. This requires trade-offs among options for composing the presentation of narratives, concepts, and theoretical process models. This essay distinguishes three compositional structures authors can use to write up their findings—inductive, conceptualized, and model-led. We discuss their key characteristics, pros and cons, and conditions for effective use and offer exemplars for inspiration.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)134-146
Number of pages13
JournalStrategic Organization
Issue number1
Early online date25 Jan 2019
Publication statusPublished - 2021


We thank Ann Langley for her encouragement and helpful guidance as editor, two anonymous reviewers for their constructive comments, and Ella Hafermalz and Anastasia Sergeeva for feedback on a draft of this essay. The author(s) received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

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Ella Hafermalz and Anastasia Sergeeva


    • process research
    • qualitative research
    • writing


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