This paper proposes the term participatory organizational research (POR) to describe participatory methods in management research. The authors argue that POR has significant potential for management researchers, because it allows unheard organizational members to generate alternative perspectives that can offer the potential for the co-production of new forms of knowledge that are locally relevant. By examining a study of care quality in elder care institutions, the authors explain in detail how POR can enable voice, and also explore some of the structural limitations of the POR approach.
Burns, D., Hyde, P., Killett, A., Poland, F., & Gray, R. (2012). Participatory organizational research: Examining voice in the co-production of knowledge. British Journal of Management, 1-12. Full Text.