Edinburgh Research Explorer

Box-ticking exercises: Why occupational psychologists need to talk more freely about the challenges and limitations associated with survey or questionnaire research.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaperpeer-review

Related Edinburgh Organisations


Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2015


In this paper I critically discuss and evaluate challenges and limitations associated with extensive survey research conducted across the discipline of occupational psychology (OP). To achieve this aim I draw selectively from relevant literatures on research methodologies, surveys, knowledge production, and theory building. Crucially, I explore how survey-based practices can restrict progressive contributions from OP research and how to use them more appropriately, selectively, and reflexively. I conclude by presenting some guiding frameworks and thoughts on how to improve OP research, practice, and knowledge production accordingly, whether those working in the field intend to continue using surveys or not.

Download statistics

No data available

ID: 18018442