Interview with Professor Paul Lawrence

Master’s Series on Field Research
Interview with Professor Paul Lawrence
Professor, Harvard Business School


Peter Blanck interviews Paul Lawrence about his field research on organizational behavior and what he calls “exploratory research.” Lawrence explains how exploratory research works, the benefits that come from it, his educational background, and his research involving the reorganization of a supermarket chain. Lawrence goes on to discuss his research work with Arthur Turner regarding industrial management, various interview techniques, and the typical challenges a field researcher will face. Finally, Lawrence talks about the ethics and professional standards of field researchers and what he finds most satisfying about his research work.

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