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Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development

Handbook of Research Methods on Human Resource Development

Handbooks of Research Methods in Management series

Edited by Mark N.K. Saunders and Paul Tosey

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.

Chapter 4: Scholarly practice in HRD research

Jeff Gold, Tim Spackman, Diane Marks, Nick Beech, Julia Calver and Adrian Ogun

Subjects: business and management, human resource management, research methods in business and management, research methods, research methods in business and management


For the usability of research in HRD to progress, more attention needs to be given to scholarly practice. Roles, strategies and behaviours for HRD scholar-practitioners are explored and critiqued, before the key features of research as a ‘phronetic social science’ are presented. HRD scholar-practitioners’ voices are considered and discussed.

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