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Beyond the single organization: Inside insights from gaining access for large multi-organization survey HRD research

Beyond the single organization: Inside insights from gaining access for large multi-organization survey HRD research

Gray, David E. ORCID: 0000-0002-3881-5083, Saunders, Mark N.K. and Bristow, Alexandra (2017) Beyond the single organization: Inside insights from gaining access for large multi-organization survey HRD research. Human Resource Development Quarterly, 28 (3). pp. 401-425. ISSN 1044-8004 (Print), 1532-1096 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1002/hrdq.21285)

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Abstract

Gaining physical access to potential respondents is crucial to Human Resource Development (HRD) survey research. Yet a review of the HRD, Human Resource Management and bestselling business and management research methods texts in the USA and UK reveals that, even where the process of gaining access is discussed and its crucially stressed, inside accounts and insights regarding the daunting and problematic nature and its impact upon data collected are rarely emphasized. More specialist methods literature, although outlining some potential issues, again offers few insights into the actual realities likely to be faced in the real world. Consideration of recent articles in HRD journals highlights also that, despite the widespread use of surveys, often via the Internet, such issues of physical access are rarely mentioned, reporting at best merely summarizing from whom and how data were obtained. We speak to this problem by offering two inside accounts of multi-organization research studies utilizing a survey strategy and Internet questionnaire, where gaining access threw up many challenges. These accounts offer clear insights into the issues and implications for rigor associated with gaining access when undertaking Internet surveys using both purchased lists (databases) and volunteer panels. In particular they highlight the importance of recognizing that gaining access is often problematic, and provide a context for our recommendations for research practice, thereby assisting the mitigation of potential problems.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Open access.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Gaining access, online survey, Internet survey, questionnaire, response rate, inside account
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Business
Faculty of Business > Department of Human Resources & Organisational Behaviour
Faculty of Business > Centre for Work and Employment Research (CREW) > Leadership & Organisational Behaviour Research Group (LOB)
Last Modified: 10 Jun 2019 13:35
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: GREAT 4
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/19454

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