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Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives

Edited by Daniel Wheatley, Senior Lecturer, Department of Management, Birmingham Business School, University of Birmingham, UK
The growing diversity of contemporary paid work has provoked increased interest in understanding and evaluating the quality of working lives. This Handbook provides critical reflections on recent research in the field, including examining the inextricable links between working life and well-being.
Extent: 352 pp
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Publication Date: 2019
ISBN: 978 1 78811 876 7
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  • Business and Management
  • Human Resource Management
  • Organisational Behaviour
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Employment Relations
  • Research Methods
  • Research Methods in Business and Management
  • Research Methods
The growing diversity of contemporary paid work has provoked increased interest in understanding and evaluating the quality of working lives. This Handbook provides critical reflections on recent research in the field, including examining the inextricable links between working life and well-being.

The Handbook offers comprehensive support to researchers working in quantitative, qualitative and mixed methods traditions. Drawing from an international evidence base, the contributors use examples of research into key contemporary issues such as the gendered nature of work, skills mismatch, job insecurity, work–life balance, flexibility, the gig economy and the physical work environment. Chapters explore how research methods have been used to investigate aspects of both paid and unpaid work, raising further questions and highlighting limitations.
 
The Handbook of Research Methods on the Quality of Working Lives is an essential resource for all those involved in areas that study, or touch on, the quality of working lives which will benefit both new and experienced researchers inside and outside academia and across disciplines such as economics, human resource management, psychology and social policy.
‘Rapid and profound transformations in work have made understanding the quality of working lives a pressing concern for social scientists and policymakers. This Handbook is an indispensable source of information on the methodological and multidisciplinary strategies needed to study the impacts of changes in both paid and unpaid work.’
– Arne L. Kalleberg, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, US
Contributors: K.K. Abrokwa, K. Alfes, C. Atkinson, A. Badger, K. Bailey, C. Bickerton, J. Burgess, S.M. Camgöz, F. Carmichael, A. Cockayne, J. Connell, C. Darko, J. Duberley, O.T. Ekmekci, L. Fletcher, M. Fuchs, A. Green, I. Hardill, G. Harvey, P.J. Jordan, P.B. Karapinar, C. Lawton, A. Madden, J. McBride, L. Porcellato, A.E. Rafferty, A. Raiden, C. Räisänen, A. Rossen, E.J. Sander, A. Smith, I. Sotiropoulou, C. Sullivan, T. Warren, A. Weyh, D. Wheatley, J. Woodcock, G. Wydra-Somaggio

Contents:

1 Introduction: Researching the Quality of Working Lives
Daniel Wheatley

PART I RESEARCHING THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIVES: PHILOSOPHICAL, CONCEPTUAL AND PRACTICAL CONSIDERATIONS
2. Generating and Measuring Impact: Insights from Research on the Quality of Working Lives
Carol Atkinson

3. Using a Lifecourse Approach to Research Patterns of Paid and Unpaid Work
Irene Hardill and Daniel Wheatley

4. Reviewing Measurement Instruments in Job Insecurity Research: Perceived Job Insecurity and the Gender Lens Perspective
Pinar Bayhan Karapinar, Selin Metin Camgöz and Ozge Tayfur Ekmekci

5. Accessing and understanding autism spectrum conditions in the workplace
Anne Cockayne

6. Research ethics and the “elephant in the room”: encountering violence in fieldwork concerning unpaid labour
Irene Sotiropoulou

PART II QUALITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS ON THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIVES
7. Accessing ‘Hard to Reach Groups’ and Emotions in the Research Process: ‘Work an Honest Day and Get the Usual Raw Deal’
Andrew Smith and Jo McBride

8. Using Discursive Methods to Research the Quality of Working Lives
Cath Sullivan

9. Observing Neo-Villeiny and other Forms of Non-Standard Work
Geraint Harvey

10. Ethnographic Methods with Limited Access: Assessing Quality of Work in Hard to Reach Jobs
Adam Badger and Jamie Woodcock

11. Using Case Study Research to Capture the Quality of Working Lives
John Burgess and Julia Connell

12. Combining gendered strategies, a narrative approach and coaching: examining the effect of behavioural ambidexterity on individual well-being and high performance work
Ani Raiden and Christine Räisänen

PART III QUANTITATIVE RESEARCH METHODS ON THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIVES 210
13. Effective Use of Secondary Quantitative Data Sources
Chris Lawton

14. Secondary data analysis of large survey data: researching the quality of paid and unpaid working lives
Tracey Warren

15. Quantitative Methods of Examining the Impact of the Physical Work Environment
Elizabeth J. Sander, Alannah E. Rafferty and Peter J. Jordan

16. Using the Oaxaca-Blinder Decomposition to Quantitatively Assess the Gender Pay Gap
Michaela Fuchs, Anja Rossen, Antje Weyh and Gabriele Wydra-Somaggio

17. Econometric Analysis of Educational Mismatch and Earnings using Survey Data from Ghana
Christian K. Darko and Kennedy K. Abrokwa

PART IV MIXED METHODS RESEARCH ON THE QUALITY OF WORKING LIVES
18. Use of Quantitative and Qualitative Methods to Research Migrant Workers in Low-Skilled Work
Anne Green

19. Conducting Small Scale Primary Mixed Methods Research into the Impacts of Work-Related Travel
Craig Bickerton

20. Evaluating New Techniques of Evidence-Based Management using Narrative Evidence Synthesis
Adrian Madden, Catherine Bailey, Luke Fletcher and Kerstin Alfes

21. Using Occupational History Calendars in Semi-Structured Interviews to Capture Long Working Lives: a Small Sample Approach using Sequence Analysis
Fiona Carmichael, Jo Duberley and Lorna Porcellato

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