Accession Number : ADA113284

Title :   Methodological Innovations for Studying Organizations.


PDF Url : ADA113284

Report Date : Jan 1981

Pagination or Media Count : 18

Abstract : Conducting research on complex organizations is a complex task. Social scientists studying organizations are faced with a number of specific challenges in carrying out high quality research. They include: Collecting and then sharing qualitative data in ways that fit into a wider body of knowledge; Phrasing research questions in ways more dictated by the significance of the issue, less by what other researchers are doing; Picking strategies (such as a field experiment or survey methodology) on bases other than expediency or familiarity; Making sense of patterns of results from a diverse set of studies conducted; Designing and executing research to increase the chances that the finding will actually be used by decision makers in organizations; and Using new, powerful quantitative analytic techniques appropriately. These methodological issues were addressed by a group of eighteen social scientists over a two-year period. This brochure describes the results of this effort and tells how to obtain the materials that have been created. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Research management, *Data acquisition, *Decision making, Methodology, Surveys, Questionnaires, Qualitative analysis, Quantitative analysis, Judgement(Psychology), Problem solving, Management, Organizations, Strategy

Subject Categories : Administration and Management
      Information Science

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE