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.
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.