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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 6: Ethnographic research in HRD – managing a betrayal?

Dawn Langley

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

Abstract

The purpose of this chapter is to explore the distinct offer of ethnographic research to HRD practices. In so doing, I will consider the issue of fieldwork and the building of rapport between researcher and participants, an integral element of ethnographic research that can both create and challenge the research relationship.

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