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Thu, Aug 28
When friends become work
A new paper explores the ethical challenges for academics in using friends as subjects of their research.
Jo Brewis, professor of organization and consumption at the University of Leicester in the UK, works in the field of critical management studies and has often explored “how careers intersect with and are influenced by other aspects of people’s lives: intimate relationships, geographical location, parenthood and so on”. Because this touches on sensitive issues of the body and sexuality, she has “never been a ‘cold caller’” in her research but has relied on existing personal networks.