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5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable, practical guide for students & practitioners, 8 July 2002
This review is from: Organizational Research Methods: A Guide for Students and Researchers (Paperback)
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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5.0 out of 5 stars invaluable for novices as well as versed practitioners, 29 Oct 2004
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This review is from: Organizational Research Methods: A Guide for Students and Researchers (Paperback)
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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4.0 out of 5 stars clear and respectful to qualitative business research, 9 May 2001
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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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