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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 13: Emergent discourses of learning and community formation: exploring social media for professional learning

Peter Evans

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


This chapter explores how, using Actor Network Theory and Discourse Analysis, competing projections of power emerge and are ‘processed’ in a specific online environment to impact on community creation through the discursive practices of professional learning. It describes an investigation of the social practices and community-forming activities associated with professional development activities in social media environments, highlighting the usefulness and challenges of this research approach to the study of social media environments for learning.

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