Evaluating new management tools: an exploratory quasi-field experiment

van der Hoorn, Bronte (2021) Evaluating new management tools: an exploratory quasi-field experiment. In: SAGE research methods cases. Sage Publications, London, United Kingdom. ISBN 9781529758214

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Abstract

There are increasing calls to deliver management research that benefits practitioners. Development of new tools is a potential avenue to provide such practice-relevant contributions. This case discusses and critiques the use of a quasi-field experiment to give a preliminary evaluation of a new toolset for project managers. The toolset was a catalogue of visual archetypes (templates) to communicate common project concepts to stakeholders. Eleven project managers were recruited to participate in this field experiment and seven chose to trial at least one of the visual archetypes and submitted a response to an online survey. This method was useful in providing initial feedback on the potential benefits of the toolset in real-life contexts and provided evidence for continued exploration of their use in practice. The main challenges were encouraging recruited participants to participate in trialling the archetypes and eliciting a survey response given the many demands on their time. Overall, the study design was useful as an exploratory research study to provide an initial evaluation of a new management toolset.


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Item Type: Book Chapter (Commonwealth Reporting Category B)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Accepted version deposited in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Business, Education, Law and Arts - School of Business (18 Jan 2021 -)
Date Deposited: 20 Jan 2021 04:39
Last Modified: 18 May 2021 04:10
Uncontrolled Keywords: quasi-field experimental, project management, visuals
Fields of Research (2008): 15 Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services > 1503 Business and Management > 150399 Business and Management not elsewhere classified
13 Education > 1399 Other Education > 139999 Education not elsewhere classified
Fields of Research (2020): 39 EDUCATION > 3999 Other Education > 399999 Other education not elsewhere classified
35 COMMERCE, MANAGEMENT, TOURISM AND SERVICES > 3507 Strategy, management and organisational behaviour > 350716 Small business organisation and management
Socio-Economic Objectives (2008): E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970115 Expanding Knowledge in Commerce, Management, Tourism and Services
Identification Number or DOI: https://doi.org/10.4135/9781529758214
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/38660

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