Organizational Research Methods
A Guide for Students and Researchers
- Paul M Brewerton
- Lynne J Millward - University of Surrey, UK
This timely book provides the reader with clear pointers for how to conduct organizational research appropriately, through planning and making informed and systematic research decisions, from 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 undergraduates, postgraduates, and practitioners.
Organizational Research Methods also represents a useful aid to the report writing task, indicating ways in which the project material can be most effectively organized 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.
A perfect reference that guides the student through the whole research process, taking into account important topics:
- researcher-practitioner gap
- project management (securing access to the organization, procrastination...)
- a selection of questionnaires and scales to start off
- identification of appropriate methods for sampling and statistical analysis.
It is well written and incorporates a broad range of topics in a very concise manner (~200 pages / octavo size).
Unfortunately, a few methods and questionnaires are somewhat outdated - a new edition (adding for example experience sampling methods or recently developed scales) would be very helpful.
Excellent text providing the framework for doing research in an organizational context and for organizations.
Straight forward approach that is not overwhelming to MBA students in a first research methods class.
This book communicates well to the student reader and supports our content delivery for the third research methods courses for our Leadership Studies program.
We believe this text will provide great coverage for the topics we wish to cover. The delivery is supportive of self-exploration as well as class study.
It is not a good book for students.
Very interesting book but at too high a level for my needs.
An excellent book for students, especially for those who have no previous research experience. The authors review a wide range of methods, including qualitative ones. Moreover, the book also includes chapters that deal with more general research-related issues, such as starting off the research process. Finally, it also provides a very comprehensive review of different statistical tests. Overall, a great guide for students and lecturers who teach organisational research methods.