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Organizational Research Methods: A Guide for Students and Researchers [Kindle Edition]

Paul M Brewerton , Lynne Millward
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`This text provides a timely and comprehensive introduction to major research methods in the Organizational sciences. It will be a boon to all students conducting their projects in this area, and may well become a standard reference for staff teaching research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students of business studies or organizational behaviour' - Professor Neil Anderson, Goldsmiths College, University of London



'This reasonably priced text would provide an invaluable starting point for those considering undertaking research in organisational settings' - Paula Roberts, Nurse Researcher



This book provides the reader with clear pointers for how to conduct organizational research appropriately, through planning and making informed and systematic research decisions, to understanding the ethical implications of applied organizational research, to implementing, reporting and presenting the findings to the highest possible standards. It provides an overview of a wide variety of research strategies, methods of data collection (both qualitative and quantitative) and analysis in a volume accessible to both an undergraduate, postgraduate and practitioner readership alike.



Organizational Research Methods also represents a useful aid to the report writing task, indicating ways in which the project material can be most effectively organised for academic and feedback purposes, and by drawing upon real-life organizational contexts and examples to help the reader understand the core issues. Finally, the book offers a clear, manageable procedure for preparing a presentation to an academic or an organizational audience.



Providing practical guidance on all elements of the research process, this book will be essential reading to all undergraduate and postgraduate students, as well as researchers, in psychology, organizational studies and management disciplines.


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`This text provides a timely and comprehensive introduction to major research methods in the Organizational sciences. It will be a boon to all students conducting their projects in this area, and may well become a standard reference for staff teaching research methods to undergraduate and postgraduate students of business studies or organizational behaviour' - Professor Neil Anderson, Goldsmiths College, University of London

'This reasonably priced text would provide an invaluable starting point for those considering undertaking research in organisational settings' - Paula Roberts, Nurse Researcher

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Focusing on the practical apects of organisational research
Focusing on the practical apects of organisational research

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2319 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Publisher: SAGE Publications Ltd (6 April 2001)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00L1GLXTE
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Paul Brewerton is an Occupational Psychologist, working with organisations across the world to help improve people's performance, productivity and enjoyment at work.

Born in Reading, UK, in 1970, Paul studied Psychology at Undergraduate, Masters and PhD levels before setting up his own consulting business in 1998.

In 2005, Paul founded the Strengths Partnership with James Brook (www.strengthspartnership.com), developing a suite of products and services designed to help people get the most from their working lives.

Paul loves writing collaboratively - all of his current work is written with other authors, including books, chapters and conference papers.

Now living near to Brighton in Sussex, UK, with his young family, Paul is currently writing books on strengths and positive psychology, focusing in particular on how organisations can build positive, productive work cultures.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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Organisational Research Methods is an invaluable, practical guide for both students and practitioners in the social sciences. This book is particularly unique as it provides the theoretical/academic bases for research yet translates these into practical steps for how to undertake best practice research. The authors highlight a plethora of issues that researchers themselves may not have considered, and provide constructive advice for addressing each possible problem that may arise during the course of a research project. Based on their expertise and experience as both practitioners and academics, the authors provide helpful examples throughout the book that assist the reader in applying the knowledge directly to their own project.
Taking the reader step-by-step through all stages of conducting a research project, the book begins with an introduction to organizational research, followed by steps for applying social science to the 'real world'. Readers are taken chronologically through the stages involved in a research problem, including: starting the project, project design, data collection and data analysis. The book is particularly valuable for students and practitioners as it goes beyond the traditional themes addressed in research books, and provides advice on practical issues that are rarely discussed. Such issues include: obtaining organizational access, sampling considerations, assessing performance in organizations and, of particular use to researchers relatively new to the field, how to report research findings for both academic publications and for clients. Each section is concluded with a number of key references for readers, and an extensive glossary ensures all terms are fully explicated.
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Organisational research methods' is a book focused on the understanding and effectiveness of the research process concerning the individual features of the organisational environment. Useful both to researchers and students, with respect to the complexities and ethics arising from the explanatory nature of the research approach. It is valuable for academic and practical considerations to apply research. Starting from the crucial question of whether scientific explanations can be drawn from the real world environment, illustrates methods useful to collect and analyse qualitative organisational data. In the form of a chronological order of a research project, it proposes and analyses specific research methods concerning the practical illustration and the academic validity of each method. Its form and design is useful when reference is required. The key ideas and meanings are highlighted. Finally, its clear explanations, in simple language will make it a useful reference to a researcher from the practical and academic area.
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Organizational Research Methods suceeds admirably in its aims to provide a practical guide to conducting research in organizations, with focus on process ("how to do it in practice"). The book should prove particularly invaluable to those about to do a Masters Level practical project in occupational psychology or a related subject, as it provides a step by step guide to this sometimes seemingly daunting task.
As a tutor and lecturer on related programmes, I recommend this book as core reading to anyone with an interest in the subject.
The book also has plenty to offer to more versed practitioners, as it acts as a refresher course, written in clear and plain language, in both qualitative and quantitative methodology.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable, practical guide for students & practitioners 8 July 2002
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Organisational Research Methods is an invaluable, practical guide for both students and practitioners in the social sciences. This book is particularly unique as it provides the theoretical/academic bases for research yet translates these into practical steps for how to undertake best practice research. The authors highlight a plethora of issues that researchers themselves may not have considered, and provide constructive advice for addressing each possible problem that may arise during the course of a research project. Based on their expertise and experience as both practitioners and academics, the authors provide helpful examples throughout the book that assist the reader in applying the knowledge directly to their own project.
Taking the reader step-by-step through all stages of conducting a research project, the book begins with an introduction to organizational research, followed by steps for applying social science to the `real world'. Readers are taken chronologically through the stages involved in a research problem, including: starting the project, project design, data collection and data analysis. The book is particularly valuable for students and practitioners as it goes beyond the traditional themes addressed in research books, and provides advice on practical issues that are rarely discussed. Such issues include: obtaining organizational access, sampling considerations, assessing performance in organizations and, of particular use to researchers relatively new to the field, how to report research findings for both academic publications and for clients. Each section is concluded with a number of key references for readers, and an extensive glossary ensures all terms are fully explicated.
Organizational Research Methods discusses both qualitative and quantitative research methodologies. Each method is addressed in terms of its appropriateness and usefulness for particular research questions. The ongoing question of `What is best practice qualitative research?' is addressed through discussion of both reliability and validity measures for different qualitative techniques, with guidelines for `how to' and `how not to' conduct qualitative research. Discussion of quantitative techniques is clear and systematic enough to be accessible to beginners, yet sophisticated and thorough to the extent that it additionally provides valuable advice for experienced quantitative researchers and statisticians.
This book is an invaluable resource to all students and practitioners in the social sciences. Addressing each of the core areas of organizational research, the authors successfully integrate the approaches adopted in both academic research and applied organizational study. With such a comprehensive picture of research methods, readers are immediately able to adopt this knowledge and expertise to conduct best practice organizational research.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Really liked it 4 Aug. 2013
By Binkofan - Published on Amazon.com
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Clear concise examples. Use as text for org dynamics class.
One of the few texts I chose to keep for future ref.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars 21 Jan. 2015
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Barely used it in class
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