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Organizational Research Methods

Organizational Research Methods
A Guide for Students and Researchers

First Edition

April 2001 | 224 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

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. 

Applying Social Science to the Real World
Starting Off the Research Process
Obtaining and Using Access to an Organization
Project Design
Methods of Data Collection
Sampling Considerations
Assessing Performance in Organizations
Data Analysis
Reporting Research Findings

`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

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.

Mr Marc Syndicus
Faculty 7: Philosophy, RWTH - Aachen University of Technology
April 27, 2017

Excellent text providing the framework for doing research in an organizational context and for organizations.

Dr Tesilimi Lawanson
Adult and Graduate Programs, Life Pacific College
September 25, 2017

Straight forward approach that is not overwhelming to MBA students in a first research methods class.

Dr Lizabeth Kay Kleintop
Economics Business Dept, Moravian College
October 29, 2015

This book communicates well to the student reader and supports our content delivery for the third research methods courses for our Leadership Studies program.

Professor Iris Johnson
Education, Louisiana State University Shreveport
September 4, 2015

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.

Professor Iris Johnson
Education, Louisiana State University Shreveport
January 15, 2015

It is not a good book for students.

Mr Hafid Ballafkih
HRM, hogeschool van amsterdam
June 2, 2014

Very interesting book but at too high a level for my needs.

Ms Claire Forder
AP Program in Service, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Business Academy - Hotel and Restaurant School
September 8, 2011

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.

Dr Kristina Potocnik
Brunel Business School, Brunel University
January 25, 2011

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ISBN: 9780761971016

SAGE Research Methods is a research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. SAGE Research Methods links over 175,000 pages of SAGE’s renowned book, journal and reference content with truly advanced search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. Since SAGE Research Methods focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, it can be used across the social sciences, health sciences, and more.