"Walking the Line": An At-home Ethnography of Bureaucracy

Journal article
(Original article)

Publication Details

Author(s): Gottwald M, Sowa F, Staples R
Journal: Journal of Organizational Ethnography
Publication year: 2018
Volume: 7
Journal issue: 1
Pages range: 87-102
ISSN: 2046-6749
Language: English


This paper presents a specific case of at-home ethnography, or insider research: The German Public Employment Service (BA) commissioned its own research institute (Institute for Employment Research (IAB)) to evaluate the daily implementation of its core management instruments (target management and controlling). The aim of the paper is to explain the challenges faced by the ethnographers and to reflect on them methodologically.

FAU Authors / FAU Editors

Gottwald, Markus Dr.
Graduiertenkolleg 1718 Präsenz und implizites Wissen
Staples, Ronald Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Soziologie mit dem Schwerpunkt Arbeits- und Organisationssoziologie

External institutions with authors

Institut für Arbeitsmarkt- und Berufsforschung (IAB) der Bundesagentur für Arbeit (BA)

How to cite

Gottwald, M., Sowa, F., & Staples, R. (2018). "Walking the Line": An At-home Ethnography of Bureaucracy. Journal of Organizational Ethnography, 7(1), 87-102. https://dx.doi.org/10.1108/JOE-10-2016-0021

Gottwald, Markus, Frank Sowa, and Ronald Staples. ""Walking the Line": An At-home Ethnography of Bureaucracy." Journal of Organizational Ethnography 7.1 (2018): 87-102.


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