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Research in Organisations and Communities

Tales from the real world

Research in Organisations and Communities by Carole Kayrooz
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‘An excellent overview of the processes and practices involved in undertaking research in community and organisational settings, suitable for both novice researchers and those with more experience.' Malcolm Tight, Professor of Higher Education, University of Warwick ‘Here is a book whose tales from the real world cast a new light on the nature of research. Using case studies… Kayrooz and Trevitt ''navigate between what is theoretically desirable and practically possible'' for those who work under the familiar constraints of poor funding and tight deadlines.' Francesca Beddie, Executive Director, Adult Learning Australia Research in Organisations and Communities is for the novice researcher who needs to become a seasoned professional overnight. Taking a practical, problem-based approach, the authors systematically explain the steps of the research process in workplace, government, institutional and community settings. Authentic case studies are used to demonstrate the main principles and methods of applied research. Through these six very different research projects, the authors show how context, research purpose, design and method are intertwined. The ‘warts and all' accounts illustrate the inevitable challenges, compromises and tensions of real-life research. Written in a user-friendly style, Research in Organisations and Communities equips researchers to systematically analyse situations, customize research projects to specific contexts, and to monitor and evaluate research projects, programs and interventions. It is the ideal introduction to applied social research.
Allen & Unwin; October 2004
384 pages; ISBN 9781741154580
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Title: Research in Organisations and Communities
Author: Carole Kayrooz; Chris Trevitt
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