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Methodology: an explanation and a critique

The ideal is equality between researcher and researched, but this is hard to achieve. (Coslett et al., 2000)

Introduction

The aim of this book was always to explore the experiences of women who have risen to the top, or near to the top, of their organisations or professions. The study focuses predominantly on women in the UK public sector, including chief executive officers (CEOs) and women in other senior positions. This chapter sets out the assumptions and perspectives behind our methodology and looks at how we went about selecting our sample, devising our interviews and carrying them out, as well as providing a critical and reflective account of the process.

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