Instructor: Phil Podsakoff
Research Interests: Leadership Behavior and Effectiveness, Substitutes for Leadership, Antecedents and Consequences of Organizational Citizenship Behavior, Relationships between Employee Attitudes and Behaviors, Social Power and Influence Processes, Organizational Research Methods
In their classic book on experimental and quasi-experimental designs for research, Campbell and Stanley (1963) noted that the model for their work was provided by McCall (1923), who stated that although:
“[While]…there are excellent books and courses of instruction dealing with the statistical manipulation of experimental data,… there is little help to be found on the methods of securing adequate and proper data to which to apply statistical procedures… (p. 1)”
Similar points regarding the importance of research methodology (versus statistical analysis) have also been made by Keppel and Zedeck (1991, p. 12), who noted that:
“Though there are numerous techniques of data analysis, no techniques, regardless of its elegance, sophistication, and power can save the research when the design is poor, improper, confounded, or misguided. As we have stated, and will state again, sound inferences and generalizations from a piece of research are a function of design and not statistical analysis.”
Within the context of the above statements, the primary purpose of this seminar is to prepare doctoral candidates to design and conduct research in the organizational and behavioral sciences. Consistent with the focus of the books by McCall (1923) , Campbell and Stanley (1963), and Keppel and Zedeck (1991), the emphasis of this course will be on exploring: (a) the logic of research design, (b) different types of research methodologies, and (c) issues that researchers encounter when using these methodologies. Although the discussion of various analytical procedures will be unavoidable, the major focus of the seminar will be on methodological issues, as opposed to analytical/statistical issues.