PERIOD 1

Read:

Rovai, Baker, & Ponton, Chapters 1, 2 and 3 to understand ethical research, quantitative and qualitative approaches, and threats to validity:

Chapter 1- Introduction (include the purpose of research, research traditions, and new trends in research, and chapter review), pp. 1-20.
Chapter 2- Qualitative Research (include basic concept, research tools, threats to validity, and chapter review), pp. 21-45.
Chapter 3- Quantitative Research (include basic concepts, quantitative research designs, threats to validity, and chapter review), pp.47-127.

Optional Reading Materials

You can read some sample studies using mixed-methods design and qualitative design:

Bartel-Radic, Anne (2006). Intercultural Learning in Global Teams. Management International Review, 46 (6): 647-677. Click here for the article.

Matveev, Alexei (2004). Describing Intercultural Communication Competence: In-Depth Interviews with American and Russian Managers. Qualitative Research Reports in Communication, V: 55-62. Click here for the article.

Dialogue 1:

Compare/critique strengths and weaknesses or characteristics of quantitative and qualitative approaches to organizational research such as intercultural studies or leadership across cultures. Cite some related specific studies as examples.
Discuss the importance of ethical research and its characteristics.

Project 1: Compare Studies (comp_stds)

· Use the library databases to identify, describe, compare, and critique one published quantitative study and one published qualitative study in a global context regarding the variables that affect employees’ organizational commitment. Provide a comparative assessment of each approach for investigating these aspects of organizations. Specifically, what are the advantages and problems with each approach as shown on each study?

· Format: Anticipated length is about 8 pages (double space), APA style.

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