Methodological Innovations for Studying Organizations.
AMERICAN PSYCHOLOGICAL ASSOCIATION INC WASHINGTON DC
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Conducting research on complex organizations is a complex task. Social scientists studying organizations are faced with a number of specific challenges in carrying out high quality research. They include Collecting and then sharing qualitative data in ways that fit into a wider body of knowledge Phrasing research questions in ways more dictated by the significance of the issue, less by what other researchers are doing Picking strategies such as a field experiment or survey methodology on bases other than expediency or familiarity Making sense of patterns of results from a diverse set of studies conducted Designing and executing research to increase the chances that the finding will actually be used by decision makers in organizations and Using new, powerful quantitative analytic techniques appropriately. These methodological issues were addressed by a group of eighteen social scientists over a two-year period. This brochure describes the results of this effort and tells how to obtain the materials that have been created. Author
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