Narrative and Logic Synthesis
Just wanted to grab this text that I put on Suifaijohnmak’s blog in case I need to find it quickly later:
Hello John. I think organizations may find some use for research that ‘uncovers’ the narratives under which its employees function, and maybe a power-law 80-20 distribution would be observed, in that 20% of the narratives are the ones under which 80% of the employees function. An organization, knowing what those 20% narratives are could make some adjustments if they weren’t the narratives they wanted, and/or introduce new/better narratives to the organization.
My newly inspired thinking is about the linkage between logical analysis and narrative; I think both are intertwined with each other and required for proper sense-making. I guess that’s why I liked Snowden’s joining of qualitative and quantitative research methods; the synthesis appeals to my sense of unity from dichotomy.
I don’t know if children are necessary to get good stories; sure, some adult researchers may be overly biased but I would think that a good researcher would be able to work within their biases and obtain good narrative. I wonder that children/students have no biases? Is an absolute given that people will inflate their story to impress a researcher? I would like to see the proof of that. I don’t think there is any certainty involved in the interview process, one way or another. I think the researcher adds to the knowledge through their interpretation, and the one-dimensional interpretation by the interviewees (in the children scenario), while important, is enhanced by a second mind being involved.