Title: Emotions in organisational research in nursing homes

Authors: Elisabeth Reitinger

Addresses: Interdisciplinary Faculty (IFF), Department of Palliative Care and Organisational Ethics, University of Klagenfurt, Schottenfeldgasse 29/I/4, 1070 Vienna, Austria

Abstract: Emotions clearly play an important role in living and working in nursing homes. Therefore research in cooperation with nursing homes or other long term care settings has to find a way to deal with these phenomena. This paper presents emotions as an integrated part of doing organisational research. The paper draws on transdisciplinary collaborative research with nursing homes on gender, ethical decisions and needs management. Feelings and emotions are core dimensions for knowledge construction and theory building on these issues. Working within a qualitative paradigm and a relational approach, it will be argued that care ethics serves as important source of basic principles.

Keywords: emotions; ageing; nursing homes; transdisciplinary organisational research; emotional knowledge construction; gender; long term care; ethical decisions; ethics; needs management; feelings; old age; elderly.

DOI: 10.1504/IJWOE.2011.045966

International Journal of Work Organisation and Emotion, 2011 Vol.4 No.3/4, pp.271 - 285

Published online: 23 Mar 2012 *

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