Research Methods for Organizational Studies

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Research Report Writing
Chapter Outline
Research Report Format
Introduction
Methods
Results
Discussion
Alternative Research Report Formats
Additional Suggestions
Begin by Organizing
Rewrite, Then Rewrite
Draft a Critic
Take a Scout's Oath
Summary
Appendix 15A: On Table Construction

Chapter 1 argues that empirical research, when appropriately carried out, has two important advantages over other methods for understanding observable events. First, research is systematic. Measurement, design, and data analysis are all carried out in a methodical way. Previous parts of this book emphasize these systematic procedures to conduct research.

Second, it argues that good research is a public process. Research methods, as well as results, are made available by researchers so that others may critically evaluate the research. This second characteristic of research is important for research reports. It means that researchers must do more than

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