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The Ethnography Atelier podcast discusses research methods with accomplished qualitative researchers. We talk to guests about their experiences of conducting research in and around organizations, the challenges they faced and the understandings they gained. If you have comments about the podcast or you'd like to get involved, please contact us.

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Episode 7 - Siobhan O'Mahony: Digital Ethnography

Ruthanne Huising and Pedro Monteiro  •  December 2019

Siobhan O'Mahony - Digital Ethnography
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In this episode, we talk with Professor Siobhan O’Mahony about digital ethnography. Siobhan’s work explores how technical and creative communities organize for innovation. She has examined high technology contractors, open source programmers, artists, music producers, internet startups, and product development teams. In this conversation, she shared some great insights from her experience studying the Linux and Anonymous communities, such as how to navigate large volumes of online information, the role of research questions to arrive at robust findings, and the hidden benefits of doing fieldwork online.


Further Information

  • O'Mahony, S., Dahlander, L. (2011). Progressing to the Center: Coordinating Project Work, Organization Science, 22 (4), 961-979

  • O'Mahony, S., & Ferraro, F. (2007). The emergence of governance in an open source community. Academy of Management Journal, 50(5), 1079-1106.

  • O’Mahony, S. (2003). Guarding the commons: how community managed software projects protect their work. Research Policy, 32(7), 1179-1198.

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