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Christoph König, Gerhard Messmann, Regina H. Mulder and Sven De Maeyer

The interdependence between organizations and their members confronts HRD with complex research problems. Structural equation modelling (SEM) offers a useful tool to account for this complexity. Using examples, this chapter illustrates and discusses the possibilities, limitations and caveats of using SEM in HRD research.
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Rosalie Holian and David Coghlan

This chapter explores the theory and practice of action research and how it may be utilized in HRD research. Action research’s distinctive characteristics are that it addresses the twin tasks of bringing about change in organizations and in generating actionable knowledge, through focusing on real organizational problems or issues.
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Paul Tosey

This chapter explores qualitative interviewing, drawing from a project that investigated managers’ metaphors of work–life balance, informed by a practice called ‘Clean Language’. The chapter highlights the function of questions in interviews and considers how to design and ask questions in order to elicit data of good quality.
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Jamie L. Callahan and Gary Connor

In this chapter, we challenge the hegemonic notion that the underlying values of critical paradigms necessitate qualitative research. We argue that a solitary focus on epistemological underpinnings is counterproductive to achieving critical social transformation. We offer an example of the interplay of quantitative and qualitative research toward addressing a Critical Human Resource Development (CHRD) issue.
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Kiran Trehan and Clare Rigg

This chapter presents a conceptual and empirical synthesis of critical action learning research and contributes to debates on criticality in action learning research. The chapter augments the need for more grounded approaches to the evaluation of research initiatives directed at HRD.
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Peter Evans

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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Dawn Langley

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.