QNT 561 Week 4 DQ 2 -
This is unrelated to analyzing data, but a thought that had come to mind. When I think of analyzing data I often equate that to recruiting candidates and determining what candidate has the best skills. When I'm hiring a new employee I'd like to think that I'm reaching the whole population of eligible candidates. What I'm left with are a sample of candidates that applied. I'm going to pose a scenario to give you some experience evaluating 2 potential consultants on the basis of what you've learned thus far. You have 2 choices for a consultant and you are forced to select one. The type of job involves similar information that we learned about. The job title and company are irrelevant. Here is a quick bio on both of them.
Choice 1: I am 27 year old recent graduate with my Ph D and 4 years experience in a variety of areas of human resources. I have taught college for 2 years and conducted multiple studies on customer satisfaction, but I have no feedback from past clients due to my limited work experience. My 5 years of research is using convenience samples of college students, coworkers and friends. I am very familiar with research design and my sample sizes are around 300 per study. I can generalize my results using a sample size of 300 to millions of people. I know you don't believe a sample of 600 can generalize to a population of millions. However, I just showed you examples of my research findings.
Choice 2: I am a 45 year old graduate with a bachelor's degree in psychology. I have 20 years experience working in retail management and I have provided references from current and former customers and employees I have worked with. My most recent position is Director of Organization Development, which I have held for the past 5 years. I have successfully integrated my company through 2 mergers and acquisitions. I have a long history of customer satisfaction as I have dealt with many different types of customers and have created successful recovery strategies. I have administered customer satisfaction and employee engagement surveys to employees and customers and have made changes to the operation of the store based on the results of these findings.
All - Which one do you choose and why? Support your rationale using some of the concepts you have learned so far. Comment on their potential ability to know and understand research design, surveys, sampling techniques and operationalization of variables.