This was the exact research approach I used in the Ph D thesis. But the most important thing is that, the research methods chosen are dependent on the research problem, rather than the other way around.
In choosing and using research methods, I strongly suggest you talk to senior colleagues who have used similar research approaches. Reading and learning cannot be emphasized more during the Ph D journey.
My research topic was how to generate a positive safety climate on construction sites so that construction workers’ safety behavior can sustain.
Basically, it dealt with factors at individual and collective levels which affect construction workers’ behavior, perception, and cognition.
I was a totally new stranger to safety climate, which basically is a social psychology construct and serves as a managerial tool to curb unsafe behaviors.
That is to say, before I study it I need to be familiar with theories from psychology, social psychology, industrial and organizational psychology, organizational behavior and management. From February 2017 onward, I am a lecturer in Shanghai Normal University. Sue Sujuan ZHANG to present you how I survived my journey to Ph D. Rowlinson’s supervision I obtained Ph D degree from Department of Real Estate and Construction, The University of Hong Kong (HKU), in November 2013.Here I strongly suggest a book about Avoid using long sentences in the thesis and the reasons are twofold.First, it would be easy for you the author to check if there are logical errors.Second, it would be easy for readers to read and appreciate your thesis.The Ph D journey is full of frustration, stress, and even despair, but also full of hope, sense of achievement and even self-actualization.Note on fees: The tuition fees shown are for the year indicated above.Fees for subsequent years may increase or otherwise vary.Yet another fundamental issue which also compelled me to make a change was that, the topic was rarely implemented in practice. As an expert in construction safety, he suggested me to try a topic in construction safety management.That is to say, even though you could establish a conceptual model, you could not validate with empirical evidence. Furthermore, he told me that a research topic in management shall begin with a practical issue which needs urgent resolution.