A thorough introduction to research processes and their role in the effective management of human resources. Suitable for students of HR management, HR professionals, and those seeking employment in the industry.
Alan M. Saks, PhD, is a Professor of Organizational Behaviour and HR Management at the University of Toronto, where he holds a joint appointment in the Department of Management―UTSC, the Centre for Industrial Relations and HR, and the Joseph L. Rotman School of Management. Prior to joining the UofT, Professor Saks was a member of the Department of Management in the Faculty of Commerce and Administration at Concordia University and in the School of Administrative Studies at York University. Professor Saks earned his BA in Psychology from the University of Western Ontario, an MASc in Industrial-Organizational Psychology from the University of Waterloo, and a PhD in Organizational Behaviour and HR from the UofT. He conducts research in various areas in HR and organizational behaviour, including recruitment, job search, training, employee engagement, and the socialization and on-boarding of new employees. His research has been published in refereed journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Personnel Psychology, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Organizational Behavior, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Human Resource Management, Human Resource Management Review, and the International Journal of Training and Development as well as in professional journals such as the HR Professional Magazine, The Canadian Learning Journal, and the Canadian HR Reporter. In addition to this text, he is also the author of Research, Measurement and Evaluation of Human Resources, and co-author of Organizational Behaviour: Understanding and Managing Life at Work. Professor Saks is an associate editor of the Journal of Business and Psychology and is a member of the editorial boards of the International Journal of Training and Development, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Management, Human Resource Development Review, Journal of Organizational Effectiveness: People and Performance, and the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies.