Industrial Relations Research and Analysis

Industrial Relations Research and Analysis

Walter Amedzro St-Hilaire


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What is the scope and what are the limits of research in industrial relations? How to develop an appropriate methodological choice according to the peculiarities of a research subject in in working relationships? What are the mechanisms convened to identify the studied reality in human resources management? From the top of his professional background and expertise, the author guides us here through the meanders of research in industrial relations and business administration.

Indeed, graduate students should find in this book the material needed, to prepare them for the labyrinth of research (from collection to data analysis), teachers and professors will find here a renewed and adapted tool (according to the use that will be made), to familiarize their students with the essential concepts to allow them to develop their own methodological considerations.

Also, general public and professionals wishing to improve their personal approach in writing and / or analyzing scientific reports will find real opportunities for personal development; because reading is largely facilitated by a synthetic style, not hesitating to give life to the words with the help of numerous illustrations.

In short, in this book, students, researchers, teachers, officials, managers, academic, general public, professional and the curious will appreciate the clear presentation of the fundamentals of research, as well as the way in which the usefulness of concepts in general is established.

  • List of Tables
  • List of Figures
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • Research in Industrial Relations — Fundamentals, Key Elements, and Requirements of the Scientific Approach:
    • The Concept of Scientific Research
    • The Role and Fundamentals of Scientific Research
    • The Logic Behind Empirical Research
  • Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches in Industrial Relations — the Methodological Structuring of Research:
    • The Researches Conducted by the Theory
    • The Research Aimed at Creating a Theory
    • Researches Based on the Design Approach
  • The Use and Management of Quantitative and Qualitative Data:
    • The Acquisition of Quantitative and Qualitative Data in Industrial Relations
    • Introduction to Quantitative Analysis
    • The Analysis of Qualitative Data
    • Presentation of Research and Considerations on the Management of a Research Project
  • General Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Appendices:
    • The Choice and Delimitation of a Research Topic
    • Examples of Qualitative Research Design Implementations
    • Tools for Implementing a Documentary Search
    • Preparing and Conducting an Interview with a Professional
    • Flow Diagram of Statistical Inference Methods

Readership: Business professionals, managers involved industrial relations, students and academics in business schools, and general public interested in industrial relations and organizational behaviour.