Management Research Methods

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  • Copyright: 2007-11-19
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Management Research Methods is a comprehensive guide to the design and conduct of research in management-related disciplines such as organisational behaviour, human resource management, industrial relations, and the general field of management. Specifically, the text begins by providing an overview of the research process and in subsequent chapters explains the major types of design used in management research (correlational field studies, experimental and quasi-experimental designs, case studies, historical analysis, and action research). There are also chapters that describe the methods of data collection (interviews, questionnaires, documentation and observation) commonly employed by management researchers. In addition, the text examines the issues of reliability and validity, the construction of multi-item scales, and the methods of quantitative and qualitative analysis. The text concludes with a practical guide explaining how to report research findings and a discussion of the ethical issues in the conduct and practice of research.

Author Biography

Brian Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Management, Monash University.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. vii
Introductionp. 1
The research processp. 3
Research designsp. 31
Experimental and quasi-experimental designsp. 33
Correlational field study (survey) designsp. 45
Case study research designsp. 72
Action research designsp. 88
Methods of data collectionp. 99
Asking questions: Questionnaires and interviewsp. 101
Documentation and observationp. 123
Measurementp. 147
Reliability and validityp. 149
Scale developmentp. 160
Methods of data analysisp. 187
Quantitative data: Data set-up and initial analysisp. 189
Quantitative data: Multivariate data analysis for answering research questions and hypothesis testingp. 220
Content analysisp. 250
Reporting research findings and ethical considerationsp. 273
Writing up a quantitative or qualitative projectp. 275
Ethical issues and conduct in the practice of researchp. 316
Indexp. 329
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