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Research Methods in Human Resource Management

Research Methods in Human Resource Management

Investigating a Business Issue

Valerie Anderson

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Develop the knowledge and skills to take on an HRM research project with this bestselling text.

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About the book

Fully mapped to the CIPD Level 7 Advanced module on Investigating a Business Issue from an HR Perspective, Research Methods in Human Resource Management is a key resource for anyone undertaking a research report. It covers the planning and execution of HRM research projects, from investigating and researching HR issues to designing and implementing research and then evaluating and reviewing the results.

Filled with international examples to provide a global perspective, this fully updated 3rd edition of Research Methods in Human Resource Management balances theoretical frameworks and practical guidance. It includes increased attention to methodology issues, more real-life examples and a discussion of ethics in line with current research and practice. 'Review and Reflect' sections at the end of each chapter help apply learning to personal experience and professional development, and multiple-choice questions and a glossary of terms help students understand the key concepts. Online supporting resources include an instructor's manual, lecture slides and annotated web links.

Table Of Contents

  • Section - ONE: Introduction;
    • Chapter - 01: Investigating and Researching HR Issues;
  • Section - TWO: Plan and Design the Research;
    • Chapter - 02: First Stages Towards an HR Project;
    • Chapter - 03: Finding and Reviewing HR Literature and Information Sources;
    • Chapter - 04: Ethics, Professionalism and HR Research;
    • Chapter - 05: Planning the Research Process;
  • Section - THREE: Implement Your Research;
    • Chapter - 06: Finding and Using Documents and Organisational Evidence;
    • Chapter - 07: Collecting and Recording Qualitative Data;
    • Chapter - 08: Analysing Qualitative Data;
    • Chapter - 09: Collecting and Recording Quantitative Data;
    • Chapter - 10: Analysing Quantitative Data;
  • Section - FOUR: Evaluate and Review;
    • Chapter - 11: Writing Up Your Project and Making Recommendations;
    • Chapter - 12: Developing Effective Links Between Research and Practice


This book is everything that a student of HR could need to successfully complete a research project. Clearly and eloquently written with a wealth of useful real world examples, it walks a new researcher through the entire process and I would not hesitate in recommending this to my students.
Dr. Jill Hanson, Senior Lecturer, Derby Business School, UK

This is a very student-friendly text, written in a very accessible manner to help students survive the dissertation experience. Through the use of case examples, students and first-time researchers are provided with excellent guidance on how to craft research questions, find relevant literature, collect and analyse data and formulate conclusions and recommendations. This text demystifies the research process and is suited to both undergraduate and postgraduate students. I would definitely recommend it.
Dr. David McGuire, Academic MCIPD, Senior Lecturer in HRM, Queen Margaret University

This book succeeds in demystifying research, using concrete examples and topical exercises to support conceptual ideas that are well-grounded in practice. It is essential reading for our MSc Human Resource Management and Business students.
Dr. Helen Shipton, MCIPD, Senior Lecturer in HRM, Aston University, UK


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Book Details

  • Imprint: CIPD - Kogan Page
  • EAN: 9781843983088
  • Edition: 3
  • Published: 24th April 2013
  • Paperback
  • Format: 247x191
  • 456 pages

About the Author

Dr. Valerie Anderson, Chartered MCIPD, is Principal Lecturer in HRM at Portsmouth University Business School, UK. She gained extensive HRM and HRD management and consultancy experience in a range of different public and private sector organizations before moving to a career in higher education. Valerie's main teaching activities relate to research methods, leadership and management, and learning, training and development. Her research interests are focused on learning and development in work organizations. She was the lead researcher for two CIPD research projects: The Value of Learning (2007) and Coaching at the Sharp End (2009).

Valerie Anderson