The Utility of Video Diaries for Organizational Research



Zundel M, MacIntosh R & Mackay D (2018) The Utility of Video Diaries for Organizational Research. Organizational Research Methods, 21 (2), pp. 386-411.

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.

video diaries; video methods; diary studies; organizational research

Organizational Research Methods: Volume 21, Issue 2

Publication date30/04/2018
Publication date online07/09/2016
Date accepted by journal01/07/2016