Conducting small-scale research in organizations
- Zina O'Leary - The Australia and New Zealand School of Government
- Jennifer S. Hunt - The University of Sydney, Australia
Undertaking small-scale applied workplace-based research presents a unique set of challenges including how to conduct good research in time pressured situations and how to thrive in unfamiliar work environments. This book will help you to meet these challenges by setting out a step-by-step guide to planning, conducting and delivering top quality small-scale work-based research projects.
In addition this book will help you to adapt quickly to your new surroundings. It will provide a strong strategic skill set that will enable you to navigate the workplace and ensure that your research findings inform organizational decision making. It tackles the challenge of conducting rigorous credible research FOR and WITHIN organizations and provides tangible advice for those looking to complete their research in very short time frames and with limited resources.
Written by established academics, with significant experience coordinating industry/government placements and internships, the book will help you to bridge the gap between academic expectations and the requirements of the organisation, including the need to
- Develop a ‘pitch’ as well as a proposal;
- Produce powerful visualizations as well as logical narrative;
- Present practicable recommendations as well as findings/conclusions;
- Develop persuasive deliverables as well as traditional research reports;
- Create presentations that persuade as well as inform.
Packed full of real-life examples, actionable advice and sensitive pedagogy this book will get you through your placement with confidence and style.
A much needed book. Practical, full of examples, it will be a valuable companion to any student who undertakes workplace learning. More and more students are undertaking work placements and internships as part of their studies. O’Leary and Hunt’s book will help them to navigate the experience, define their research, and undertake it to benefit themselves and the workplace.
A must-have for anyone interested in doing or understanding applied small scale research projects in work places. The readings stress the need for rigorous inquiry, designed and executed to produce findings which can inform organisational decision making. In line with its emphasis on practicality and relevance, the book also advises how to proceed with limited resources (including time) with a special focus on projects done on internships and placements – a very valuable contribution.
The language and structure of the text is very appropriate for undergraduate students who are new to research.
This textbook is a great tool to complement those evidence based projects completed within the workplace.
This was not the type of textbook I was looking for.
Perfect for understanding how to construct a problem based research in organizational setting as a part of Organizational Behavior studies.
This is a great book for my module even though it has too much of a business perspective written into it. It would be even more useful if it wasn't written exclusively about business placements
very helpful with MBA research for students who have been out of education for some time. Really well written and contains useful examples.
Really useful for those who are studying whilst working.
A timely, useful and accessible text.
Sample Materials & Chapters
Chapter 3 - Developing Practicable and Valuable Research Questions