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APPENDIX (p.591-598) The Basics of Organizational Behaviour Research - Researches begin with a question othesis:a formal statement of the expected relationship between two variables - Variables: measures that can take on two or more values - Types of Variables Independent variable: a predictor or cause or variation in a dependent variable Dependent variable:a variable that will vary as a result of changes in the indep. variable Moderating variables:a var that affects the nature of the relationship between an indep and dep var such that the relationship depends on the level of the moderating variable Like contingency variable in that they indicate when an independent variable is most likely to be related to a dependent variable Ex. If bonus only reduce absentee of employees who are not satisfied with their pay and has no effect on those who are absent but are satisfied with their pay, then pay satisfaction moderates the effect of the bonus on absentee Mediating variable:a var that intervenesexplains the relationship bw indep and dep var Ex. The reason that bonus reduce absenteeism may be it increases ppls motivation - Measurement of Variables Reliabilityan index of the consistency of a research subjects responses Validity:an index of the extent to which a measure truly reflects what it is supposed to measure result should not be influenced Convergent validitywhen theres atrongrelationship bw diff measures of thevariable ex. A measure of job satisfaction should be highly correlated to other measures of job satisfaction Discriminant validitywhen there is aak relationship bw measures off variables Ex. Measure of job satisfaction should not relate to measure of job performance 3 Basic Kinds of Research Techniques: 1. OBSERVATION TECHNIQUES - Observation research:research that examines the natural activities of ppl in an org setting by listening to what they say and watching what they do - Difference bw everyday observations and formal observation: systematic & objective - Researchers concern the nature of human behaviour and have a set of questions to be answered - systematic - keep record of events observed; well informed of danger of influencing person being observed and are trained to draw reasonable conclusions from observation e - Participant Observation Observational research in which the researcher becomes a functioning member of the org unit being studied Adv: potential for secrecy subjects dont need to know they are being observed Page 1 of 4 www.notesolution.com
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