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Experimenting with Resource Strategy: Experimental Analysis and Strategic Human Resources Management Research in Africa

Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs

ISBN: 978-1-78441-490-0, eISBN: 978-1-78441-489-4

ISSN: 1479-8387

Publication date: 26 November 2014

Abstract

Purpose

We discuss how experimental analysis can be integrated into strategic human resources management (SHRM) research in Africa so as to develop theory and value principles to guide executives.

Design/methodology/approach

The model we propose – experiment-based SHRM – is predicated on the use of experimental approaches to demonstrate the value of SHRM and to derive principles that guide research and practice in Africa.

Findings

We illustrate how scholars can conduct experiments from an SHRM perspective.

Research limitations/implications

We discuss the strengths and limitations of the model and suggest ways of maximizing its potential.

Practical implications

The technique is a resource for scholars of SHRM in Africa. They can use it to supplement other approaches for studying SHRM.

Originality/value

This chapter discusses a typology of experimental analysis. The lack of such a typology in the context of Africa makes it a valuable contribution. Thus, it fills a contextual gap in the SHRM research methodology literature. It can therefore help graduate students and junior faculty improve their research.

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Citation

Zoogah, D.B. and Zoogah, R.B. (2014), "Experimenting with Resource Strategy: Experimental Analysis and Strategic Human Resources Management Research in Africa", Advancing Research Methodology in the African Context: Techniques, Methods, and Designs (Research Methodology in Strategy and Management, Vol. 10), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, Bingley, pp. 21-53. https://doi.org/10.1108/S1479-838720140000010003

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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