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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 18: Using Critical Incidents and Vignette Technique in HRD research to investigate learning activities and behaviour at work

Regina H. Mulder

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


The Critical Incident Technique and Vignette Technique and their possible use in HRD research is explored. Examples of own research on informal learning and behaviour at work illustrate how challenges caused by the nature of the object of investigation and the complexity of the real work setting can be dealt with.

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