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How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays

How to Write Successful Business and Management Essays

First Edition

160 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
How to Write Successful Business ad Management Essays is a systematic guide to successful written work during business and management degrees. The authors diligently address the all too common pitfalls of essay assignments, as well as providing students with an elemental program to approach essay questions, both in coursework and exam contexts.

From a student point of view the book provides many helpful features:
  • Annotated examples of good and bad essays
  • Tips on time management and motivation, note taking and effective reading
  • Final checklists
  • Explanation of marking schemes

Detailed information on referencing, including secondary and online sources:

  • Visual examples of a range of source material accompanied by appropriate ways to reference it
  • Coverage of all common styles
  • Reference quiz, allowing students to double check their understanding
An Introduction to Essay Writing
Reading and Making Notes
Writing Essays: Marmite on Paper?
How to Reference Correctly
The Great Big Reference Quiz
Plagiarism: the Scary Monster
Writing Essays in Exams: Similar but not the Same
Motivation: How to Keep Going When It Gets Tough
Appendix 1 - Example Quetions and How to Answer Them
Appendix 2 - General Undergraduate Marking Scheme
Appendix 3 - Specific Essay Marking Scheme
Appendix 4 - Masters Degree Example Marking Scheme
Appendix 5 - Examples of Extracts from Essays
Appendix 6 - Examples of Complete Essays with Annotations
Appendix 7 - Examples of Fictitious Essays with Annotations

Well written, attractive guide to writing business essays. I like the fact that it has been written by academics teaching in the field. I am currently reading through the book as there is so much good advice. It answers many of the questions my students are asking.

Mr Richard Carabine
Dept of Management, Birkbeck College
December 4, 2013

I recommend this text to international and mature students that I teach a variety of subjects too. It really helps those who have not had recent or UK based essay writing guidance.

Mrs Michelle Blackburn
Business and Management, Sheffield Hallam University
July 19, 2013

Although there is some useful and interesting informaiton in this book, I find the presentationa bit dry and unappealing. I think it would also benefit from some more practical exercises for students. But, my key issues if the section on referencing p. 54 implies that Harvard and APA are the same. Ahtough they both follow the author date patterm, the two are distinct in many ways.

Ms Alison Chisholm
Sussex Centre for Language Studies, Univeristy of Sussex
May 9, 2013

This book is really well organised and very helfpul to help students with their writing. The details on how to write paragraphs and an entire essay are very good as they are detailed in a steps by steps way. The examples of good essays are also very useful. I have recommended it to 1st year students and international students who have difficulties with their writing in different research methods and study skills courses. I will recommend it to 3rd year undergraduate students who will have to do their dissertations.

Dr Caroline Chapain
Birmingham Business School, Birmingham University
December 16, 2011

Good chapter on referencing. I would recommend this text to students who are not used to essay based assessment.

Mr John Moxen
Caledonian Business School, Glasgow Caledonian University
June 13, 2011

For the Level 7 and above standard this is book is really helpful to understand the concept of essay writing.

Mr Essa Ummar Sheriff
CMI, British Institute of Technology & E-commerce
January 5, 2011

One of the best book for step-by-step and easy mastering of writing skills.

Mr Jaypal Jain
Said Business School, University of Oxford
July 13, 2010

I'm recommending this read to all students who have to produce essay type submissions. It's been ordered for the library collection.

Mr Fabian Armendariz
Business Administration , National College of Ireland
February 10, 2010

A useful tool to provide support for overseas students.

Mrs Marie Hardie
Business School, Coventry University
January 8, 2010

book is tailored to the specific needs of this group of students, some of whom are not used to writing at undergaduate level.

Mr Michael McGarry
Student Services, Manchester Metropolitan University
November 13, 2009

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Patrick Tissington

Patrick Tissington is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London. He teaches leadership, organizational behaviour, critical incident analysis and team working. Students are undergraduate and postgraduate and range in age from 19 to 60 and arrive on his programme with the complete spectrum of experience in essay writing. This book is aimed at helping those who have no experience of essay writing to understand how it is done. It is also for those who need to improve their skills or refresh their knowledge perhaps after a break from studies. His research is in the use of technology in learning and what makes for... More About Author

Markus Hasel

Dr Markus Hasel is founder and owner of MCHasel Consulting, a leadership and HR advisory active across Europe. He works with managers and Human Resource teams from local to global players across Europe specializing in improving HR processes and leadership coaching and training. More About Author

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