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Management Research By Mark Easterby-Smith

Management Research
by Mark Easterby-Smith

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A consideration of the methods and nature of management research, its philosophy and its politics. The authors examine the skills involved in undertaking management research and analyze the role of research as a vehicle for both personal learning and organizational development.
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Management Research: An Introduction by Mark Easterby-Smith

Written specifically for management students and others wishing to do research in management, this textbook is a highly accessible introduction to the practice and principles of management research.

The authors consider the particular characteristics of research in management and the factors likely to lead to successful research outcomes, including the personal qualities of the researcher. They examine the philosophical assumptions underpinning research design and the choice of different methodologies, and address the political and ethical dimensions of management research. The book also takes the reader through the `basic' practicalities of undertaking a research project, from planning through to presentation of findings. A wide range of research methods and techniques is discussed. Throughout, the authors provide illustrative examples from their own research.

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Management Research Reviews

`A central feature of the book is an excellent resume of the most appropriate philosophical position from which methods should be derived' - Management Centre Doctoral Journal

`I will be recommending the book to graduate researchers at master's and doctoral level. It is a book which deserves to succeed for its honesty, clarity, and common sense' - Leadership and Organizational Development Journal

`Quantitative methods are reviewed in a way which even the non-numerative could understand; the chapter on finishing and writing up research contains several ideas, including mind-mapping, worthy of a more extended treatment. An accessible relaxed style enables the authors to deal with issues that are intellectually demanding and at times controversial, encouraging the researcher to develop a self-reflexive capacity to manage research as both personal and public learning' - Management Education and Development Journal

About Mark Easterby-Smith

Mark Easterby-Smith is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Lancaster. His field is organizational learning. He has a first degree in Engineering Science and a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Durham University and has been an active researcher for over 30 years with primary interests in methodology and learning processes. He has carried out evaluation studies in many European companies, and has led research projects on management development, organizational learning, dynamic capabilities and knowledge transfer across international organizations in the UK, India and China. Richard Thorpe is Professor of Management Development and Pro Dean for Research at Leeds University Business School. His research interests have included: performance, entrepreneurship, knowledge and leadership as well as research methods in management research. His early career as a management trainee on a Clarks programme informed the way his ethos has developed. Following a period in industry his first academic appointment was as a researcher at Strathclyde University in the Pay and Reward Research Centre. There, as a consequence of the research conducted he developed close links with practitioners, intermediaries and policy makers, something he has strived to maintain as his career progressed. Common themes in his work are: a strong commitment to conducting research in collaboration with practitioners; a focus on action and change; an interest in and commitment to the development of doctoral students and the development of capacity within the sector. Richard has been past president and chair of the British Academy of Management and member of the ESRC Training and Development Board. He is currently chair of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.

Table of Contents

PART ONE: STARTING MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Introducing Management Research The Ingredients of Successful Research PART TWO: PHILOSOPHY AND POLITICS The Philosophy of Research Design The Politics of Management Research PART THREE: DOING AND COMPLETING THE RESEARCH Qualitative Methods Quantitative Methods Finishing Research Appendix Searching the Management Literature

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Management Research: An Introduction by Mark Easterby-Smith
Mark Easterby-Smith
Sage Series in Management Research
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