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Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development

Edited by Mark N.K. Saunders, Professor of Business Research Methods, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham and Paul Tosey, Senior Lecturer in Management, Surrey Business School, University of Surrey, UK
As Human Resource Development (HRD) research has developed, a growing variety of quantitative and qualitative data collection procedures and analysis techniques have been adopted; research designs now include mono, multiple and mixed methods. This Handbook brings together the wealth of research methods experience gained by HRD researchers into one essential volume. Organised into four parts, the book explores conceptual issues, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods and methodological challenges. It utilises the wealth of research experiences of leading HRD scholars to provide a range of insights highlighting what works, what does not work and associated challenges. Each chapter provides annotated further reading, allowing the reader to expand on the topics discussed.
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Publication Date: 2015
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
As Human Resource Development (HRD) research has developed, a growing variety of quantitative and qualitative data collection procedures and analysis techniques have been adopted; research designs now include mono, multiple and mixed methods. This Handbook brings together the wealth of research methods experience gained by HRD researchers into one essential volume.

Organised into four parts, the book explores conceptual issues, qualitative research methods, quantitative research methods and methodological challenges. It utilises the wealth of research experiences of leading HRD scholars to provide a range of insights highlighting what works, what does not work and associated challenges. Each chapter provides annotated further reading, allowing the reader to expand on the topics discussed.

The Handbook will prove invaluable for students and academics in the social sciences who are interested in the development of human resources – particularly postgraduates undertaking research on HRD and undergraduates researching HRD issues. It will also be of use to academics teaching research focused modules on HRD and people related issues, as well as experienced HRD researchers looking to further develop their understanding of methods for researching HRD.
‘An impressive range of HRD scholars have contributed to this excellent Handbook which offers a timely addition to both the HRD and the research methods literatures. HRD researchers who consult this book will find a thoughtful pathway through the debates and dialogues that feature in our dynamic and evolving field. The book provides practical guidance about research making use of emerging as well as established forms of data and approaches to analysis that can advance knowledge in the HRD domain. I commend it to novice as well as to experienced researchers. I will certainly be referring to it myself as I seek to develop my expertise as an HRD scholar and researcher.’
– Valerie Anderson, University Forum for HRD
Contributors: C. Akinci, N. Beech, K. Black, J.L. Callahan, J. Calver, D. Coghlan, G. Connor, C. Elliott, P. Evans, T. Garavan, J. Gold, D.E. Gray, B. Hamlin, V. Harte, R. Holian, C. Jones, C. König, D. Langley, A. McDowall, C. MacKenzie, S. De Maeyer, D. Marks, S. Mavin, G. Messmann, R.H. Mulder, A. Ogun, R.F. Poell, C. Rigg, C. Rojon, E. Sadler-Smith, S. Sambrook, M. Sheehan, T. Spackman, V. Stead, J. Stewart, S. Tam, K. Trehan, C.L. Wang, R. Warhurst, H. Whitrod-Brown, C.S. Williams, J. Williams




Contents:

Acknowledgements

1. Introduction: The Variety of Methods for Researching HRD
Mark N.K. Saunders and Paul Tosey

PART I CONCEPTUAL ISSUES
2. Paradigms, Philosophical Prisms and Pragmatism in HRD Research
Bob Hamlin

3. HRD Research and Design Science
Eugene Sadler-Smith

4. Scholarly Practice in HRD Research
Jeff Gold, Tim Spackman, Diane Marks, Nick Beech, Julia Calver, Adrian Ogun and Helen Whitrod-Brown

5. Using Systematic Review Methodology to Examine the Extant Literature
Céline Rojon and Almuth McDowall

PART II QUALITATIVE RESEARCH
6. Ethnographic Research in HRD – Managing a Betrayal?
Dawn Langley

7. In (Re)search of the Self: Autoethnography in HRD Research
Sally Sambrook

8. Opening the Visual Methods Toolbox
Kate Black and Russell Warhurst

9. The Use of Photo Elicitation Interviewing in Qualitative HRD Research
Russell Warhurst and Kate Black

10. Action Research for HRD Research
Rosalie Holian and David Coghlan

11. Critical Action Learning Research: Opportunities and Challenges for HRD Research and Practice
Kiran Trehan and Clare Rigg

12. Facilitating Learning Using the Service Template Extended Process (STEP) Within a Process Consultation Framework
Mark N.K. Saunders, Paul Tosey, Claire Jones, Christine S. Williams

13. Emergent Discourses of Learning and Community Formation: Exploring Social Media for Professional Learning
Peter Evans

14. And What Kind of Question is That? Thinking About the Function of Questions in Qualitative Interviewing
Paul Tosey

PART III QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH
15. Using Questionnaire Surveys to Gather Data for Within Organisation HRD Research
Cinla Akinci and Mark N.K. Saunders

16. Now You See Them, Now You Don’t: Using Online Surveys in HRD Longitudinal Research
Jim Stewart and Victoria Harte

17. Maximising Telephone Survey Participation in International HRD Research
Maura Sheehan, Mark N.K. Saunders and Catherine L. Wang

18. Using Critical Incidents and Vignette Technique in HRD Research to Investigate Learning Activities and Behaviour at Work
Regina H. Mulder

19. Accounting for Complexity: Structural Equation Modelling (SEM) in HRD Research
Christoph König, Gerhard Messmann, Regina H. Mulder and Sven De Maeyer

20. Using Systematic Content Analysis to Establish Theory-practice Links in HRD Literature
Rob F. Poell

PART IV METHODOLOGIAL CHALLENGES
21. The Competing Interests of Paradigm and Praxis in Critical HRD Research: Incorporating Quantitative Methods to Enact Critical Practice
Jamie L. Callahan and Gary Connor

22. Mixed Methods in HRD Research: Theory and Practice from a Study of Hong Kong SMEs
Steven Tam and David E. Gray

23. Key Issues for Gender Research in HRD: A Multi-stakeholder Framework for Analysing Gendered Media Constructions of Women’s Leaders
Sharon Mavin and Jannine Williams

24. Leadership Development as a Method of Enquiry: Insights from a Post-structuralist Perspective
Carole Elliott and Valerie Stead

25. Navigating Extra Sensitive Research Topics Utilizing Content Analysis and Computer Assisted Qualitative Data Analysis Software (CAQDAS)
Thomas Garavan and Clíodhna MacKenzie

Index