Management Research Methods, first published in 2007, 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.
Phyllis Tharenou is the Dean of Research in the Division of Business, University of South Australia. Ross Donohue is a lecturer in the Department of Management, Monash University. Brian Cooper is a lecturer in the Department of Management, Monash University.
Preface; 1. The research process; 2. Experimental and quasi-experimental designs; 3. Correlation field study (survey) designs; 4. Case study research design; 5. Action research designs; 6. Asking questions: Questionnaires and interviews; 7. Documentation and observation; 8. Reliability and validity; 9. Scale development; 10. Quantitative data: data set-up and initial analysis; 11. Quantitative data: multivariate data analysis for answering research questions and hypothesis testing; 12. Content/textual data analysis; 13. Writing up a quantitative or qualitative project; 14. Ethical issues and conduct in the practice of research.