Chapter 8 Web links

The nature of quantitative research

Organizational research methods journal

This journal contains articles that consider the contribution that different research methods make to enhance our knowledge of organizations. It is not restricted to quantitative research methods but there are a substantial number of articles that cover a range of different quantitative methods.

Research methods knowledge base

This is an extensive site maintained by William M. Trochin at Cornell University which looks at a wide range of research issues. Browse the contents page for issues of specific interest to quantitative researchers.

Humour and statistics

Just to prove that quantitative researchers have a sense of humour like the rest of us; click on this link for a series of jokes about the nature of statistics and statisticians. This may also help to highlight some of the criticisms of using statistical techniques when conducting business research.

The best stats you’ve ever seen

This a TED talk by the late Hans Rosling. With the drama and urgency of a sportcaster, Hans debunks myths about the so called “developing world”. Well worth a watch if you need to refresh some key concepts statistical concepts or want to see some stats in action, literally.

The UK Data Service

The UK Data Service collection includes the results of major UK government-sponsored surveys, cross-national surveys, longitudinal studies, UK census data, international aggregate, business data and qualitative data. It is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to meet the data needs of researchers, students, and teachers from all sectors, including academia.