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Title: Seizing the Opportunity: Using Availability Samples in Policy Programs for Creating Relevance in Broader Contexts
Authors: BECK, Lien
COENE, Jill
den Hertog, Friso
LOMMELEN, Tinne
Issue Date: 2010
Publisher: ACADEMIC CONFERENCES LTD
Citation: Esteves, J. (Ed.) PROCEEDINGS OF THE 9TH EUROPEAN CONFERENCE ON RESEARCH METHODOLOGY FOR BUSINESS AND MANAGEMENT STUDIES. p. 53-60.
Abstract: There is a growing interest within research in management studies to regard “organizational practice” as a highly relevant field of empirical observation. Planned change projects turn out to be promising platforms for theorizing about practice, theory testing, and the innovation and improvement of organizational practices. However, natural contexts can also seriously limit the possibility to transfer the outcomes to broader contexts. Both external and construct validity are evidently a matter of serious concern in this kind of research. Field researchers are placed for difficult assessment of the strengths and weaknesses of their data-set. What is the richness and added value of the data, what are the flaws that limit their value for other contexts, and what can be done to reduce the potential threats to external and construct validity? The present paper offers a roadmap that leads field researchers through a number of basic design considerations. The roadmap passes three stages: (1) assessment of the data-set, (2) the basic choice of the guiding research logic, (3) planning actions that can upgrade the data and reduce the threats to external and construct validity. The steps in the roadmap are illustrated by examples from a large-scale strategic development program for SMEs in the European region Meuse-and-Rhine.
Notes: [Beck, Lien] Hasselt Univ, Res Inst, Kizok, Belgium.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/11425
Link to publication: http://academic-conferences.org/ecrm/ecrm2010/ecrm10-proceedings.htm
ISI #: 000284262700007
Category: C1
Type: Proceedings Paper
Validation: ecoom, 2011
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