Management Research

Management Research

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Now in its Fourth Edition, this much loved text offers theoretical and philosophical depth without sacrificing what you need to know in practical terms. With an impressive suite of in-text features and online materials, as well as the authors' ability to tackle complex issues in a clear and accessible way, this textbook makes the whole scope of management research methods approachable.

Inside you will find painless coverage of the entire research process as well as a critical, thoughtful treatment of important issues like ethics and politics, making this an invaluable companion to any student or researcher who needs to know about business and management research methods.

New to the Fourth Edition:

- Expanded coverage of mixed methods

- Further guidance on choosing a research question and writing a research proposal

- More visual material and an improved, full-colour layout

The book's companion website has been fully updated to include:

 - An instructor's manual

- Lecture slides

- Links to further reading

- More full-text articles from SAGE Journals Online

- An online glossary

- An author podcast

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  • Paperback | 384 pages
  • London, United States
  • Fourth Edition
  • 1857021177
  • 9781857021172

Table of contents

Introducing Management and Business Research
The Nature of Management and Business Research
What Is Management?
Skills and Resources for Management and Business Research
Levels and Outcomes of Management Research
Is Management Research Distinctive?
Further Reading
The Philosophy of Management Research
The Philosophical Debates
Ontology: From Realism to Nominalism
Epistemology: Positivism versus Social Constructionism
Linking Ontology, Epistemology and Methodology
Strengths and Weaknesses of the Main Traditions
Overviews of Other Philosophies
Further Reading
Designing Management Research
Epistemology and Researcher Engagement
Positivist Research Designs
Constructionist Research Designs
Case method and Grounded Theory
Mixed Methods
Common Design Dilemmas
Contributing to Theory
Contrasting Views on Validity and Reliability
Research Design Template
Further Reading
The Politics and Ethics of Management Research
Political Influences on the Research Questions
Politics of Access
Utilization of Research
Further Reading
Reviewing the Literature
What Is a Literature Review and What Is Its Purpose?
Preparation for the Literature Review
Elements of Literature Review
Alignment with Study Context and Approach
Sources of Information
Further Reading
Creating Qualitative Data
Methods for qualitative data collection
Collecting data through language
Collecting data through observation
Understanding data through interaction
General concerns related to the collection of qualitative methods
Further reading
Framing Qualitative Data
Analysing natural language data
Content analysis and grounded analysis
Computer aided analysis
Social network analysis
Discourse analysis
Narrative analysis
Conversation analysis
Argument analysis
Gaining knowledge through interaction
Further reading
Creating Quantitative Data
Sampling design
Sources of quantitative data
Questionnaire design
Further reading
Summarising and Making Inferences from Quantitative Data
Summarizing and describing data
Going beyond a sample
Further reading
Multivariate Analysis
Multivariate analysis of measurement models
Multivariate analysis of causal models
Further reading
Writing Management and Business Research
The skills of writing
The content of reports and dissertations
Writing up the literature review
Outputs and evaluation
Dissemination strategies
Further reading
Answers to exercises
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This is an excellent book that covers a variety of management research related topics relevant to undergraduate, postgraduate, and research students as well as to research professionals. Furthermore, the book offers numerous useful practical activities through which readers can apply and advance their understanding in relation to management research
Thomas Matheus
Senior Lecturer and Programme Leader, Logistics and Supply Chain Management, Northumbria University

This book has everything that the new and established management researcher needs to know, it is both informative and comprehensive. An excellent introduction
Catherine Cassell
Professor of Organizational Psychology, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
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