Research Skills for Management Studies by P-TaylorFrancis

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The recent growth of interest in the systematic study of management has transformed a once neglected area of research into one that now attracts a huge number of postgraduate students. Despite this, there has been a distinct lack of research guides tailored specifically for management studies. Designed as a comprehensive introduction to the main phases of a research project, this textbook fills that void. It leads students from the very first stage of initiation through to final publication, considering the nature of research skills and the fundamental elements of the research process, whilst exploring the institutional context in which management research is carried out. Taking current debates and the surrounding philosophical and strategic issues in hand, this book combines the key theories with the best practical advice to offer a completely rounded introduction to the topic. It includes guidance and specific reference to real management research projects, as well as case examples, activities and further reading lists, and is essential reading for anyone undertaking a management studies research project.

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									Research Skills for Management Studies
Author: Alan Berkeley Thomas
Table of Contents

1. Research Skills and How to Acquire Them 2. What is Research? 3. Ways of Knowing 4. Problem
Fields 5. Problem Identification 6. Research Ethics 7. Research Strategies: The Experiment and Survey
8. Research Strategies: The Case-Study, Ethnography and Action Research 9. Data Construction by
Asking Questions 10. Data Construction by Making Observations 11. Data Construction by Using
Documents and Records 12. Data Analysis and Interpretation 13. Writing and Publication
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The recent growth of interest in the systematic study of management has transformed a once neglected
area of research into one that now attracts a huge number of postgraduate students. Despite this, there
has been a distinct lack of research guides tailored specifically for management studies. Designed as a
comprehensive introduction to the main phases of a research project, this textbook fills that void. It leads
students from the very first stage of initiation through to final publication, considering the nature of
research skills and the fundamental elements of the research process, whilst exploring the institutional
context in which management research is carried out. Taking current debates and the surrounding
philosophical and strategic issues in hand, this book combines the key theories with the best practical
advice to offer a completely rounded introduction to the topic. It includes guidance and specific reference
to real management research projects, as well as case examples, activities and further reading lists, and
is essential reading for anyone undertaking a management studies research project.
Reviews

'Alan Thomas has produced a text which should prove invaluable not just for the novice management
researcher, but also for methodology teachers in management and business. Methodological concepts
and debates are well illustrated and further readings provided to enable the novice researcher to see how
they have been applied in practice. The language is accessible and the issues covered dealt with
realistically without losing the subtleties of complex issues.'



'Alan Thomas brings to bear his wealth of experience and knowledge of the field to provide a thoughtful
and engaging introduction to research methods for students of management. Teachers of methodology
courses have been waiting for such a comprehensive yet approachable introductory text.

								
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