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INTERPRETATIVE PHENOMENOLOGICAL ANALYSIS

Frazer Dunworth

Developed over the last fifteen years interpretative phenomenological analysis (IPA) has established itself as an increasingly popular qualitative research method for psychologists, particularly in the fields of clinical and health psychology. An accessible and flexible approach, the clarity and rigour of IPA's analytic procedure, along with its inclusion in the curricula of courses in organizational psychology, leave it poised to make a significant contribution to the field of management research. IPA takes its place in the broad and diverse tradition of phenomenological (q.v.) approaches to inquiry which has its roots in the transcendental phenomenology of Husserl. Such approaches tend to be concerned with the ways particular individuals experience the world in their particular contexts rather than with abstract generalizations about the objective nature of the world (Giorgi and Giorgi, 2003) [existential phenomenology] . IPA is phenomenological in this sense, dealing as it does with individuals’ personal perceptions or accounts of ...

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