Research methods - human resource management


Overall this module introduces social sciences methods as applied broadly to the study of topics that arise as part of organisational life.

Topics covered

  • The first issue addresses some basic topics on doing research in organisational settings such as understanding an empirical research model; formulating testing hypotheses; understanding research paradigms, and knowledge on writing a research proposal.
  • The second issue concerns the quantitative methods.
  • The third issue focus on the qualitative research methods.
  • The last issue touches on two other types of research techniques: using experimental design and conduction cross-cultural studies.

Learning outcomes

By completing this module, you will be able to:

  • Formulate sound research questions.
  • Develop testable research hypotheses.
  • Be familiar with research process.
  • Critically evaluate an empirical study.
  • Understand pros and cons in using quantitative and qualitative methods.
  • Be aware of ethical issues involved in their research projects.
  • Be able to undertake their final research projects.


A multiple choice two-hour unseen written examination.

Essential reading

  • Schwab, D. (2005). Research methods for organizational studies. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates.
  • Denzin, N. K. & Lincoln, Y. S. (2011). The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research. Sage: London.
  • Dewberry, C. (2004). Statistical Methods for Organizational Research: Theory and Practice. London: Routledge.
  • Journal articles are listed under each specific topic and also available on-line on Moodle.