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Table 2 Analytic approach (cf., Smith and Besharov 2017)

From: Navigating in a Hierarchy: How Middle Managers Adapt Macro Design

Analytical activities Generated output
1: Develop a thick case description
• Organize and integrate the different data sources
• Use visual mapping
• Share interpretations with co-learners (HR) at “learning meetings” to increase reliability
• Write thick descriptions generating an overview of the design process
• Visual map of the empirical context
• Visual representation of the new organization
• Initial key observation that informed subsequent data analysis (middle manager role)
• Empirical thick case description
2: Code raw data to develop main constructs
• Code raw data to understand the reorganization
• Merge empirical codes into empirical categories
• Thematic analysis to understand different perceptions of new design
• Iterate between data and literature to develop more abstract conceptual categories ad aggregated theoretical dimensions
• Share interpretations with co-learners (HR) at “learning meetings” to increase reliability
• Visual representation of the new organization as perceived by different managerial levels
• Data structure including empirical categories merged into six conceptual themes and two aggregated theoretical dimensions
3: Integrate data and literature
• Explore the relationship between empirical findings and existing literature • Extension of Floyd and Wooldridge’s (1997) findings on middle managers’ strategic influence by adding a new role (designing)