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Research Methodology

Research Methodology
Best Practices for Rigorous, Credible, and Impactful Research

March 2024 | 616 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Research Methodology: Best Practices for Rigorous, Credible, and Impactful Research takes a 360-degree view of understanding and doing research, helping readers become expert researchers, reviewers, and consumers of research. Renowned author, journal editor, and researcher Herman Aguinis distills the vast body of work on methodological best practices into a singular experience. Each of the 16 chapters thoroughly explains a different aspect of methodology step by step, from choosing useful and compelling research topics to reporting results accurately and credibly. Researchers at all career stages will find this text helpful to structure and conduct high-impact empirical research aimed at producing a thesis, dissertation, or journal publication. Research consumers will find instruction on how to evaluate the rigor and credibility of research conducted by others. Instructors will find the book’s modular approach refreshing by assigning students the most relevant topics—from checklists of best practices to an in-depth treatment of a methodology. Filled with “how-to’s” and “dos and don’ts”, figures, hands-on exercises, and “Methods in Practice” boxes that summarize and apply best practices, this book is a must-have for anyone interested in producing or reading research.

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Chapter 1: How to Understand the Current Methodological Landscape
Chapter 2: How to Conduct Ethical Research
Chapter 3: How to Make Contributions to Theory
Chapter 4: How to Plan Your Research
Chapter 5: How to Collect Your Sample Using Surveys and Other Means
Chapter 6: How to Measure Your Variables
Chapter 7: How to Design and Conduct Experimental Research
Chapter 8: How to Prepare Your Data for Analysis
Chapter 9: How to Conduct Quantitative Analysis, Part I: Regression-based Approaches
Chapter 10: How to Conduct Quantitative Analysis, Part II: Multilevel Modeling
Chapter 11: How to Conduct Quantitative Analysis, Part III: Meta-analysis
Chapter 12: How to Conduct Quantitative Analysis, Part IV: Advanced Techniques
Chapter 13: How to Conduct Qualitative Research
Chapter 14: How to Report Your Results
Chapter 15: How to Improve the Transparency, Reproducibility, and Replicability of Your Research
Chapter 16: How to Enhance the Impact of Your Research


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This is an interesting, fresh approach, describing the development of research methodologies throughout the years… Much better than my current textbook.

Verl Anderson
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

This book is easy to read and teach. Students can understand the language and be able to use it with their own research. It is both modern and has history of research within it. Overall, students would benefit in early research to using this book.

Mindy Myers
Midwestern State University

I can think of no other research methods book I've recently used that devotes this much attention to theory and I think this attention is well-deserved.

Ewa Golebiowska
Wayne State University

The discussion or parsimony, falsification, and precision within this book are particularly welcomed and map precisely how I teach these topics.

Scot Schraufnagel
Northern Illinois University

I like that there is a chapter devoted to making connections to theory. This is novel. I have not seen such a chapter in similar texts, and it is important. Often junior scholars ask questions for the sake of simplicity or curiosity but lack the skills to link their inquiries to theory. This chapter is a useful contribution!

Rachel R. Tambling
University of Connecticut

A high-level but readable textbook presenting research design and methods in an approachable way. The text would be appropriate for graduate level psychology, organizational behavior, or decision sciences courses in research methods.

Kristina M. Patterson
Georgia Southern University

I would describe this book as a long-form publication that provides knowledge on methodological best practices in social and behavioral science disciplines. The writing is explicit and bridges the gap between knowledge and applicability and presents a comprehensive review of the research process from beginning to end.

Meghan Pfeiffer
University of Memphis

The text combines research methods and statistics and could work very well for graduate-level programs with combined coursework.

Michael T. Moore
Adelphi University
Key features
  • Comprehensive, ground-breaking coverage of research methods from start to finish by renowned author, editor, and researcher Herman Aguinis.
  • Research Methods "Best Practices", synthesized from decades of work on methodological research, help students and researchers conduct rigorous and impactful research, from picking research topics to disseminating research.
  • Systemic chapter formats throughout detail why the particular methodological topic is important and demonstrate that the best-practice recommendations are actionable and implementable.
  • Core chapter topics—such as contributing to theory, planning your research, and sampling and measurement—clearly explain basic steps while offering cutting-edge information for experienced researchers.
  • Unique chapters on Transparency, Reproducibility, and Replication and Enhancing the Impact of Your Research give time-tested advice on how to best contribute to the body of knowledge in the social and behavioral science.
  • Checklists and tables throughout the book help students see best practices at each stage of the research process at a glance.
  • The modular approach of this text ensures instructors and readers can cover only the topics most relevant to their students and to themselves, saving time while strengthening their research.

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