CHAPTER 3

Review the Research and Set the Hypothesis

This chapter focuses on reviewing the research and defining the hypothesis. A hypothesis is the proposed explanation of an issue or the relationship between variables. Several hypotheses can apply to a given problem. In developing a hypothesis, one must first review the work of others in relation to the problem. A human capital analyst forms a hypothesis using existing studies, benchmarking data, literature searches, external databases, and informal methods to review information pertinent to the organization in question.

OPENING STORY

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