This methodology section of the research report describes how the study will be conducted and the methods used to collect and analyse the data. The overall aim of this methodology section is to provide an overview on the methods employed so that a judgment can be made as to how appropriate they are and how valid the data that has been generated is. Throughout the methodology process, it is imperative to remember the question this research is aiming to answer for:
Has the Recession been a significant factor in bringing about change in the recruitment process within the public sector?
The recession has affected many HR Processes and new strategies must be developed in order to adapt to the new situation and ready for the new reality (CIPD 2007). It is therefore unsurprising that there are questions and opinions as to what new strategies have been developed and how they have impacted certain HR processes. According to (Murray and Hughes 2008) there are many different fields of study covered by the term social research, and each of these can require a different technique or method of approach. However, there is agreement on the core fundamentals of research. For example, in order for research to be valid, it needs to be systematic, sceptical and ethical (Denscombe, 2002).
The purpose of methodology is to compose an underlying paradigm justifying the research methods undertaken (Blaxter et al 2001). The research methods apply to the specific techniques of data collection (Cryer 2000). The strategy of designing research should follow a logical path from methodological choices through to appropriate techniques for data collection (Creswell 2002). Creswell (2002) ensures that if this guideline is followed and the research is conducted in a thorough manner, then it is more likely the research will lead to a successful outcome.
1.2 Research Philosophy
The philosophy of research methods for social sciences is based
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