Doing Research That Is Useful for Theory and Practice / Edition 1

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Dealing with issues that cut across all social and behavioral sciences, Doing Research That Is Useful for Theory and Practice is full of practical advice on conducting successful research. Of particular value to emerging organizational researchers and future executives, the debate addresses the kind of relationship to develop with organizations, what research methods and instruments are most useful, the kind of feedback to give organizations, and the ethical responsibilities researchers have. Although the examples presented are mostly from organizational research, industrial and organizational psychologists - as well as other professionals in psychology, sociology, and management - confront the same questions about research methodology and value. A new introduction examines the enduring importance of this topic and the continuing relevance of the book's contributions.
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Meet the Author

Edward E. Lawler III is Director and Research Professor at the Center for Effective Organizations at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California. Allan M. Mohrman, Jr. is former Associate Director and Research Scientist at the CEO. Susan A. Mohrman is a senior research scientist at the CEO. Gerald Ledford, Jr. is senior research scientist at the CEO. Thomas G. Cummings is Chair of the Department of Management and Organization at the Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California.

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Table of Contents

Introduction to the New Edition
The Authors
Pt. 1 Doing Useful Research: An Introduction to the Issues
1 Challenging Traditional Research Assumptions 1
2 Why Our Old Pictures of the World Do Not Work Anymore 18
Response and Commentary 36
Pt. 2 Alternative Approaches to Doing Useful Organizational Research
3 Institutional and Organizational Issues in Doing Useful Research 45
Response and Commentary 60
4 Making Knowledge More Relevant to Practice: Maps for Action 79
Response and Commentary 107
5 Doing Research That Makes a Difference 126
Response and Commentary 149
6 Strategies with Dual Relevance 176
Response and Commentary 204
7 Contextualist Research: A Natural Way to Link Theory and Practice 222
Response and Commentary 249
8 Organization Design for the Future: A Collaborative Research Approach 275
Response and Commentary 306
Pt. 3 Comparing Research Approaches
9 Critical Issues in Doing Research That Contributes to Theory and Practice 324
Epilogue: Walking the Tightrope Between Theory and Practice 346
Afterword: Observations on What We Have Learned About Useful Research 351
Appendix: Questions for Chapter Authors 359
Index 363
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