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Which research methods are employed in the two articles, and in what ways are those research methods similar to each other, and in what ways are they different?
Similarities between the research conducted by Afshari, Young, Gibson & Karimi and that undertaken by Chuang, Hsu, Wang & Judge (2015).
The difference between the researches and analysis conducted in both the journal articles can be listed as follows:
Which article’s data gathering and analysis are most valid and convincing?
Afshari, Young, Gibson & Karimi (2019)
Chuang, Hsu, Wang & Judge (2015)
Thus, in my view, after reviewing the above points the mixed research method offers the most convincing approach. The mixed-method enables researchers to identify, explain, and address contradictions that may arise between the findings and results of the qualitative and quantitative approaches. Afshari, Young, Gibson & Karimi's (2019) mixed approach enabled them to build on the commitment literature objectively by exploring the profiles of the study participants, grounding the findings in the participant's experiences enabled the authors to provide the context of the identification process and its relationship to organizational commitment. This method helps in harmonizing the contradictions that exist between a qualitative and a quantitative study. The method also gives the participants of the study a voice and the findings are well-grounded on the participant’s experiences. The findings of such a study are a better reflection of the real issues and therefore have more value to the board.
Which article’s findings are most likely to be seen by the Board of a company as having the most practical value, and why?
I would say it depends as these two are different studies with different objectives and research questions. If the Board of a company is interested to learn more about the organizational commitment of employees in a manufacturing company and has a budget, Afshari, Young, Gibson & Karimi (2019) is the way to go. I think the Board will consider the findings in the work done by Afshari Young, Gibson & Karimi(2019) the most practical. They would need the same methods. This is because the findings are backed by statistical evidence and personal experiences of the participants. Moreover, the findings offer practical approaches to nurturing organizational commitment that encompasses defining organizational identity and linking it to personal, individual, occupational, and professional identity. The board of management can work with the human resource department and marketing teams to effectively define corporate identity to create a positive image of the organization and effectively build strong commitment among the employees.
Afshari, L. Young, S. Gibson, P. and Karimi, L. (2019). “Organizational commitment: exploring the role of identity”. Personnel Review. Vol. 49, No. 3, 2020, pp. 774-790.
Chuang, A. Hsu, R. Wang, A. and Judge, T. (2015). “Does West ‘fit’ with East? In search of a Chinese model of person-environment fit”. Academy of Management Journal. Vol. 58, No. 2, 2015, pp. 480–510
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