USING MIXED METHODS IN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH
Date: 17th November 2021, 1pm - 2:30pm
Speaker: Dr Karen Maher
Using Mixed Methods in Management Research: A Tale of Two Studies
Dr Karen Maher is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society and a Senior Lecturer in Occupational Psychology at Nottingham Trent University. Her work specialises in Occupational Health Psychology, in particular the link between health/wellbeing and work, how they interact, interventions to improve health/wellbeing in the workplace especially in high-risk occupations, and the interface between work and non-work.
Her most recent work has assessed the wearing of body armour in the UK Police Service with a particular focus on female officers (funded by HSSRC), explored problematic substance use in midwifery, and evaluated the impact of extended shift working on Firefighters’ wellbeing and operational performance. Prior to training as a psychologist, Karen was employed as an Occupational Health and Fitness Advisor working to support and maintain a well workforce within the emergency services.
Using mixed methods can provide researchers with a better understanding of a phenomena than a single method in isolation with the central premise that the strengths of each method offset the weaknesses of the other. However, there are methodological decisions to navigate prior to embarking on mixed methods research to avoid it being used as a catch all and attempting to reconcile conflicting philosophical and theoretical lenses.
In this session, Karen will illustrate how she has used mixed methods in her own research using two studies to illustrate different approaches to data collection and integration. When designing and conducting her mixed methods research there were general and personal challenges to overcome, and she will discuss how she came to a resolution which will be of use to those new to mixed methods research when designing their own projects.
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