Research Methods for Organizational Studies

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A Model of Empirical Research

Chapter Outline
Research Variables
Conceptual and Operational Variables
Dependent and and Operational Variables
The Model
Conceptual Relationships
Operationla Relationships
Empirical Relationships
Causal Relationships at an Empirical Level
Conceptual to Operational Relationships
Generalizing from the Model
Statistical Generalization
External Generalization
Summary
For Review
Terms to Know
Things to Know
Issues to Discuss

Chapter 1 points out that many decisions are based on expected causal relationships. For example, a decision is made to establish goals for teachers expecting these goals will influence their behaviors and subsequently influence Students' academic achievement.

Chapter 2 develops a model that explicates such causal relationships and shows how empirical research contributes to causal understanding. Master the model in this chapter, and you will see research questions just as practicing researchers see them. The model will also help you

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