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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 22: Mixed methods in HRD research: theory and practice from a study of Hong Kong SMEs

Steven Tam and David E. Gray

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


Mixed methods design can contribute great value to academic research. The purpose of this chapter is to share with readers an empirical HRD study which used both quantitative and qualitative methods as part of the research design. It discusses how the research was designed and implemented, why mixed methods suited the study and what critical insights emerged from the research.

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