Palgrave Handbook of Research Design in Business and Management keyword cloudResearch design handbook coverPalgrave Handbook of Research Design in Business and Management (March 2015, ISBN: 978-1-137-37992-4)

Welcome to the state-of-the-art in research design education and practice. This handbook is competitively unique due to its multidisciplinary content of practitioner-driven contemporary best-practices and its integration of visual techniques to make it multiple learning-style-friendly.  This is the project management site (update version 5.1.8preview & citations).

Dr Kenneth David StrangCreator/Editor & Project Manager
Kenneth David Strang
State University of New York
Plattsburgh @ Queensbury
Regional Higher Education Center
Queensbury, NY 12804 USA 
Assistant Editors & Marketing:
Stacy Novo & Chelsea Morgan
Palgrave Macmillan
Scholarly and Professional Production
75 Varick Street
New York, NY 10011 USA
Typeset Production Project Manager:
Deepa John
Newgen Knowledge Works Pvt. Ltd
No. 2/579, Singaravelan Street
Chinna Neelangarai
Chennai, India - 600 041

Table of Contents (with contributing authors and page numbers)

Preliminary Material
    i.   Foreword: Vision and Reality (Joseph F. Hair Jr.), pp. xiii-xiv
    ii.  Preface: What's Unique for Practitioners (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. xv-xxiv
    iii. Contributor Biographies, pp. xxv-xxxiv
Research Design Guidelines
    Ch. 1 Why Practitioner-Scholars Need a Research Design Typology (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 3-16
    Ch. 2 Articulating a Research Design Ideology (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 17-30
    Ch. 3 Developing a Goal-Driven Research Strategy (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 31-46
    Ch. 4 Matching Research Method with Ideology and Strategy (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 47-62
    Ch. 5 Selecting Research Techniques for a Method and Strategy (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 63-80
    Ch. 6 Design Issues in Cross-Cultural Research: Suggestions for Researchers (Linda Brennan, Lukas Parker, Dang Nguyen, Torgeir Aleti), pp. 81-102
    Ch. 7 Establishing Rationale and Significance of Research (Judith Hahn), pp. 103-108
    Ch. 8 Organizing and Conducting Scholarly Literature Reviews (Linnaya Graf), pp. 109-120
    Ch. 9 Interpreting Findings and Discussing Implications for all Ideologies (Mary Ann Rafoth, George Semich, Richard Fuller), pp. 121-138
Positivistic Applications
    Ch. 10 Implications of Experimental Versus Quasi-Experimental Designs (Jeremy W. Grabbe), pp. 141-151
    Ch. 11 Structural Equation Modeling: Principles, Processes, and Practices (Sewon Kim, Edward Sturman, Eun Sook Kim), pp. 152-172
    Ch. 12 Correlation to Logistic Regression Illustrated with a Victimization-Sexual Orientation Study (Creaig A. Dunton, Mark Beaulieu), pp. 173-198
    Ch. 13 Survey Method versus Longitudinal Surveys and Observation for Data Collection (John F.Gaski), pp. 199-222
    Ch. 14 Cross-Sectional Survey and Correspondence Analysis of Financial Manager Behavior (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 223-238
    Ch. 15 Control Variables: Problematic Issues and Best Practices (Leon Schjoedt, Krittaya Sangboon), pp. 239-262
    Ch. 16 Monte-Carlo Simulation Using Excel: Case Study in Financial Forecasting (Seifedine Kadry), pp. 263-290
Pragmatistic Applications
    Ch. 17 Critical Analysis using Four Case Studies Across Industries (Linnaya Graf), pp. 293-318
    Ch. 18 Integrating Multiple Case Studies with a Merger and Acquisition Example (Lars Schweizer), pp. 319-340
    Ch. 19 Iterative-Pragmatic Case Study Method & Comparisons with other Case Study Method Ideologies (Harm-Jan Steenhuis), p. 341-374
    Ch. 20 Action Research Applied with Two Single Case Studies (Angeline Lim, Dae Seok Chai), pp. 375-392
    Ch. 21 Transportation Queue Action Research at an Australian Titanium Dioxide Mining Refinery (Kenneth D. Strang), pp. 393-410
    Ch. 22 Participant Observation as Ethnography or Ethnography as Participant Observation in Organizational Research (Peter Sandiford), pp. 411-444
Constructivistic Applications
    Ch. 23 Constructivist Grounded Theory Applied to a Culture Study (Narasimha RaoVajjhala), pp. 447-464
    Ch. 24 Phenomenology Variations from Traditional Approaches to Eidetic and Hermeneutic Applications (Jillian McCarthy), pp. 465-486
    Ch. 25 Hermeneutic & Eidetic Phenomenology Applied to a Clinical Healthcare Study (Jillian McCarthy), pp. 487-512
    Ch. 26 Structure of a Dissertation for a Participatory Phenomenology Design (Judith Hahn), pp. 513-526
    Ch. 27 Emancipatory Phenomenology Applied to a Child Sex Offender Study (Rodney Alexander), pp. 527-544
Final Generalizations and Recommendations
    Ch. 28 Gaps to Address in Future Research Design Practices (Kenneth D. Strang, Linda Brennan, Narasimha R. Vajjhala, Judith Hahn), pp. 545-560
    Index, pp. 561-565

Preview (click here) & example citations in APA 6th. ed. style guide format:

"The handbook contains 74 figures, 22 research design typology maps, 57 tables along with several in-text illustrations and bulleted lists distributed over approximately 600 pages. A concise keyword index is included and since each chapter features a customized reference section those citations are not duplicated in the index. An electronic version of the handbook is available from Palgrave that provides full text search capability so this format is highly recommended for doctoral students and their committee members." (Strang, 2015a, p. xvi).

"The Palgrave Handbook of Research Design in Business and Management is a scholarly peer-reviewed, edited book. The book’s scope was designed-in through team selection and review processes. Experienced practitioner-scholars and subject-matter experts were selected from accredited universities and respected organizations around the world. Edited and peer-reviewed involved at least two scholars reviewing each chapter through a double-blind methodology, plus the editor also reviewing each chapter. All chapters were double-blind peer reviewed including those written by the editor. The assistant editor, associate editor, and the staff at Palgrave Macmillan as well as Newgen Knowledge Works also reviewed the content for grammar, format and writing-style suitability." (Strang, 2015b, p. 4).

"This handbook shares the collective work of over 40 practitioner-scholars or subject-matter experts, from their respective discipline, located in different regions or countries (socialized in distinct cultures)." (Strang, 2015b, p. 9).

"This handbook also highlights the contemporary state of the art in research design literature from the last ten years, with emphasis on the current best practices from scholars. These references should be useful for other researchers to cite in the methods section of their study or in grant proposals. Therefore, this handbook should generalize, and thus be valuable, to organizational researcher-practitioners, academic scholars, and university students in terms of a research design framework and for the references of exemplary method thought leaders. Additionally, this handbook will be of interest to dissertation committee chairs and members. Furthermore, the concepts will be helpful to emerging researchers, to faculty seeking scholarly publications for performance evaluations, and to journal review board members in any discipline or industry." (Strang, 2015b, p. 9).

Strang, K. D. (Ed.). (2015a). The palgrave handbook of research design in business and management. NY: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1137379924.

Strang, K. D. (2015b). Why practitioner-scholars need a research design typology. In K. D. Strang (Ed.) The palgrave handbook of research design in business and management (pp. 3-16). NY: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1137379924.

Brennan, L., Parker, L., Nguyen, D., & Aleti, T. (2015). Design issues in cross-cultural research: Suggestions for researchers. In K. D. Strang (Ed.) The palgrave handbook of research design in business and management (pp. 81-102). NY: Palgrave Macmillan. ISBN: 978-1137379924.

Project Management: Phase 1 Call-For-Proposals (CFP) [May-December 2013]

1. Scholars and subject matter experts sent chapter propsals + abstracts (200-500 words);

Project Management: Phase 2 Write Chapter [January-March 2014]

1. This phase was for writing the content of accepted chapter abstracts;
2. Chapter authors downloaded and peer-reviewed the introductory chapter (form was on page 1), and they then used this chapter as a template;
3. APA was applied (for active, scientific writing stype) and Harvard format was specified for the reference section (almost identical to APA);
4. Authors were asked to create their own diagrams, charts and tables (and not to copy anything requiring permissions - avoids delays in publishing process);
5. Each author was requested to download, complete, print, sign (in blue pen ink), and scan their copy of the contributor agreement;
6. Authors completed their chapter, emailed their signed contributor agreement + completed chapter(s) + completed peer review of introduction to editor.

Project Management: Phase 3 Peer Review and Finalize Chapters [April - June 2014]

1. Authors and invited subject matter experts completed double-blind peer-reviews of chapters (chapter authors were hidden during this phase);
2. Authors received and applied constructive peer-review feedback (where necessary) to finalize their chapters; final acceptance rate = 29%;
3. The handbook editor resolved all issues and then edited and integrated the chapters (some titles were refined to improve cohesiveness and flow);
4. Foreward, preface and testimonial authors submited their contributions;
5. The handbook editor packaged the chapters, graphics (as TIFFs), supplements, signed agreements and submited these to the Associate Editor & Assistant Editor June 25, 2014 (with follow up materials July 23, 2014).

Project Management: Phase 4 Production Preparation [July - September 2014]

1. Palgrave team (with help from editor where necessary) technically reviewed all submissions and prepared for production;
2. Palgrave team requested missing or inadequate material, received updates from editor, and then submitted to production.

Project Management: Phase 5 Production  [October 2014 - March 2015]

1. Newgen Knowledge Works team typeset the handbook and obtained signoff from handbook editor;
2. Palgrave completed handbook (print & online), conducted marketing, promotion and disseminated the handbook.

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