The Utility of Video Diaries for Organizational Research

Mike Zundel*, Robert MacIntosh, David J. Mackay

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This article assesses the utility of video diaries as a method for organization studies. While it is frequently suggested that video-based research methodologies have the capacity to capture new data about the minutiae of complex organizational affairs, as well as offering new forms of dissemination to both academic and professional audiences, little is known about the specific benefits and drawbacks of video diaries. We compare video diaries with two established and “adjacent” methods: traditional diary studies (written or audio) and other video methods. We evaluate each in relation to three key research areas: bodily expressions, identity, and practice studies. Our assessment of video diaries suggests that the approach is best used as a complement to other forms of research and is particularly suited to capturing plurivocal, asynchronous accounts of organizational phenomena. We use illustrations from an empirical research project to exemplify our claims before concluding with five points of advice for researchers wishing to employ this method.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)386-411
Number of pages26
JournalOrganizational Research Methods
Issue number2
Early online date7 Sept 2016
Publication statusPublished - 1 Apr 2018
Externally publishedYes


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