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A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book about Management Research



September 2013 | 160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

In Management Research the authors provide a stimulating and critical overview of the key theoretical debates on research paradigms and methodologies, demystifying the process and providing invaluable insights into the politics and practice of research.

Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the ‘Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap’ series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.

Suitable for students carrying out Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations, MBA projects and PHD theses.


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Introduction: Why Management Research Matters to Us
 
Chapter 1: In Search of Management Research
 
Chapter 2: The Purpose of Management Research
 
Chapter 3: Philosophies of Management Knowledge
 
Chapter 4: Methods of Management Research
 
Chapter 5: Theory in Management Research
 
Chapter 6: Who Are We to Do This?
 
Conclusion: What Kind of Management Researcher Are You?

[T]his is more a book about how to think about management research than a book on how to do management research per se: and this is very much its strength. This process is conveyed in the following ways: first, the book emphasises the messiness of the research process and gives licence not to know all the answers and to be puzzled and confused at times. Second, Emma and Richard (as they describe themselves in the text) provide honest accounts and interesting vignettes of their own research experiences and dilemmas and, as such, position themselves not (just) as experts within the field but also, through their ‘warts and all’ accounts, as researchers who have hunches but are not always sure how to research them, who have highs and lows in the research process and who have sometimes taken wrong turns along the way. Third, the book poses some fundamental questions, which urge the researcher to step back, consider options and debate possibilities before acting in order to better understand the nature of choices they make and the implications for the research that this produces.

Sarah Robinson
University of Leicester, published in Management Learning

Who knew that Management Research could be this much fun? The authors cover a lot of important ground without appearing to, keeping the reader engaged and in good humour throughout.

Brad Jackson
Fletcher Building Education Trust Chair in Leadership at the University of Auckland Business School, New Zealand

A wonderfully clear, engaging, and fun book to read. An invaluable introduction to management research and one that I shall be using with my students for years to come.

Albert Mills
Sobey School of Business, Canada

By providing a lively and accessible introduction to management research - which is theoretically informed and methodologically inclusive - Bell and Thorpe's timely text offers illuminating responses to a wide range of issues raised by students entering this field.

Hugh Willmott
Professor of Organization Studies, Cardiff Business School

Among the weighty tomes on management research methods, this lively, elegant and readable guide is welcome indeed. Emma and Richard carry their deep knowledge of the field lightly, distilling complex debates and terminology into a lucid navigation of the key issues in management research.   It should be on every graduate student’s bookshelf - and probably on their supervisors as well.

Amanda Sinclair
Professorial Fellow, Melbourne Business School, University of Melbourne

[A] colourful, engaging and challenging discussion regarding the tenets and process of management research.

Dr Orna O’Brien
UCD School of Business

An excellent text which provides a clear and concise overview of management research.

Mrs Angela Mazzetti
Business School, University of Teesside
June 5, 2015

Short and to the point, great.

Professor Ewald Mittelstaedt
Engineering and Business Managment, South Westphalia University of Applied Sciences
December 29, 2014

The title of this really sums this book up. It makes a good introduction to research that is understandable to students new to research.

Ms Rita Walsh
School of Business, Royal Agricultural College
September 19, 2014

This is a very stimulating perspective on research. Better, on Science!
This is a book (not a short book) that makes people think.
With an attractive language, this book will give you a wider view. If you are on the mainstream, you will check your backs; if not, you will find more paths for getting the right line.

Dr Paulo Mourao
School of Economics & Management, Univ. of Minho
September 16, 2014

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 1: In Search of Management Research


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Emma Bell

Emma Bell is Professor of Organisation Studies at the Open University Business School, UK. Emma’s research focuses on the ways in which people collectively construct meaning through work. Key themes include: change and organizational loss, embodiment and media representations of management, spirituality and belief in organizations, and craft work businesses. Her approach to understanding these issues draws on insights from the social sciences and humanities, and involves critical, interpretive analysis of mainly qualitative data. She also writes about methods and methodologies in management research.http://business-school.open.ac.uk/people... More About Author

Richard Thorpe

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... More About Author