Research in Organizations

Foundations and Methods of Inquiry

Richard A. Swanson (Author) | Elwood F. Holton III (Author)

Publication date: 07/01/2005

Research in Organizations
  • Offers a holistic perspective that embraces quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology research methods
  • Includes contributions from over 20 distinguished researchers from multiple disciplines interested in research in organizations
  • Focuses on the research context of the organization rather than the research method of a specific discipline


Research in Organizations is designed as a basic textbook covering the foundations and methods relevant to doing research in organizations as well as the identification of research questions and the ethical conduct of research. It will be welcomed by professors in business, management, organizational, leadership, and human resource development courses, as well as students and practitioner scholars working on theses and research projects in these fields.

Research in Organizations may also be purchased by chapters from Fast Fundamentals: The BK Whitepaper Series.

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  • Offers a holistic perspective that embraces quantitative, qualitative, and mixed methodology research methods
  • Includes contributions from over 20 distinguished researchers from multiple disciplines interested in research in organizations
  • Focuses on the research context of the organization rather than the research method of a specific discipline


Research in Organizations is designed as a basic textbook covering the foundations and methods relevant to doing research in organizations as well as the identification of research questions and the ethical conduct of research. It will be welcomed by professors in business, management, organizational, leadership, and human resource development courses, as well as students and practitioner scholars working on theses and research projects in these fields.

Research in Organizations may also be purchased by chapters from Fast Fundamentals: The BK Whitepaper Series.

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Richard A. Swanson is an internationally recognized authority on organizational change, human resource development, the analysis and evaluation of work behavior, and financial analysis. He has consulted with Arthur Andersen Consulting, AT&T, 3M, CIGNA, Citicorp, General Motors, Honeywell, and many others. He has written and published widely on the subjects of performance and human resource development, and his recent book Analysis for Improving Performance won the Outstanding Instructional Communication Award from the International Society for Performance Improvement and the Society for Human Resource Management Book Award. Swanson is professor and director of the Human Resource Development Research Center at the University of Minnesota and senior partner of Swanson & Associates, Incorporated.


Visit Author Page - Elwood F. Holton III

Elwood F. Holton III is Professor of Human Resource Development and Executive Director of the Center for Leadership Development at Louisiana State University. The author of sixteen books, including The Ultimate New Employee Survival Guide he is an international expert on learning transfer and human resource development. Holton has two daughters and lives in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

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Table of Contents



Foreword: Advancing Research in Organizations Through Learning Communities

PART I: Research in Organizations

Chapter 1: The Challenge of Organizational Research
Chapter 2: The Process of Framing Research in Organizations

PART II: Quantitative Research Methods
Chapter 3: The Basics of Quantitative Research
Chapter 4: Sampling Strategies and Power Analysis Methods
Chapter 5: Effects Sizes vs, Statistical Significance
Chapter 6: Experimental and Quasi-experimental Research Methods
Chapter 7: Survey Research Methods
Chapter 8: Multivariate Research Methods
Chapter 9: Structural Equation Modeling Methods
Chapter 10: Scale Development Methods
Chapter 11: Factor Analysis Methods
Chapter 12: Meta Analysis Methods

PART III: Qualitative Research Methods

Chapter 13: Context, Lived Experience, and Qualitative Research
Chapter 14: Analyzing Qualitative Data
Chapter 15: Grounded Theory Research Methods
Chapter 16: Ethnographic Research Methods
Chapter 17: Historical Research Methods

PART IV: Mixed Methods Research

Chapter 18: Mixed Methods Research Methods: Developments, Debates, and Dilemmas
Chapter 19: Case Study Research Methods
Chapter 20: Theory Development Research Methods
Chapter 21: Action Research Methods

PART V: Research Resources

Chapter 22: Using Research Journals and Data Bases
Chapter 23: Managing an Effective and Ethical Research Project

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"Research in Organizations has been enthusiastically endorsed by the Academy of Human Resource Development (AHRD) as the outstanding text for those who want to get the appropriate breadth and depth needed to begin their scholarly journey."

—Larry M. Dooley, AHRD President

"Speaks clearly to both seasoned and beginning scholars."

—Irwin L. Goldstein, Dean, College of Behavioral and Social Sciences, University of Maryland

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