Interview with George Homans

Master’s Series on Field Research
Interview with George Homans
Professor, Harvard University


Peter Blanck interviews George Homans about his work in field research. Homans gives his definition of field research, why he choose specific research topics, some of the challenges he faced, and his use of non-directed interviewing techniques. He goes on to describe his work in the Boston-Edison Company and in the wild-cat strikes at Ford. Homans offers his frank opinions about the work of several colleagues, the new wave of field research, and what he has found most satisfying about his work. He concludes the interview discussing his time in the Navy and offering one last bit of advice for field researchers, “watch and keep your mouth shut!”


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