Monday, October 10, 2016

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource - Book Information

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods: A Guidebook and Resource

Steven J. Taylor, Robert Bogdan, Marjorie DeVault

John Wiley & Sons, 04-Sep-2015 - Psychology - 416 pages

An informative real-world guide to studying the "why" of human behavior

Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods is a practical, comprehensive guide to the collection and presentation of qualitative data. This book describes the entire research process — from design through writing — illustrated by examples of real, complete qualitative work that clearly demonstrates how methods are used in actual practice. This updated fourth edition includes  new case studies, with additional coverage of mixed methods, non-sociological settings, funding, and a sample interview guide. The studies profiled are accompanied by observation field notes, and the text includes additional readings for both students and instructors. This guide provides you a real-world practitioner's view of how qualitative research is handled every step of the way.

Many different disciplines rely on qualitative research as a method of inquiry, to gain an in-depth understanding of human behavior and the governing forces behind it.

Understand the strengths and limitations of qualitative data
Learn how experts work around common methodological issues
Compare actual field notes to the qualitative studies they generated
Examine the full range of qualitative methods throughout the research process

Whether you're doing research in sociology, psychology, marketing, or any number of other fields,  having human behavior as an important component, human behavior is the central concern of research. "What drives human behavior?" is the question That's what qualitative research helps to explain. Introduction to Qualitative Research Methods gives you the foundation you need to begin seeking answers.

Friday, October 7, 2016

Understanding Management Research: An Introduction to Epistemology - Phil Johnson, Joanne Duberley - Book Information

Understanding Management Research: An Introduction to Epistemology

Phil Johnson, Joanne Duberley
SAGE, 28-Sep-2000 - Business & Economics - 224 pages

'These sections represent the clearest rendition yet of these subjects, with difficult concepts introduced in a digestible form for the neophytic (or not so neophytic) researcher. Whilst in a book this size not every argument can be presented, there is ample extra material to be found to encourage further engagement... At the end of each chapter, there is a very useful Further Reading section provided by the authors, which gives useful guidelines.

Understanding Management Research provides an overview of the principal epistemological debates in social science and how these lead to and are expressed in different ways of conceiving and undertaking organizational research. For researchers and students who are increasingly expected to adopt a reflexive understanding of their own epistemological position, the authors present a concise, accessible guide to the different perspectives available and their implications for research output.

All students undertaking empirical research for theses and dissertations will find this book helps them comprehend the key ongoing debates and engage with their own pre-understandings when trying to make sense of management and organizations.