- Mark Easterby-Smith - University of Lancaster, UK
- Richard Thorpe - University of Leeds, UK
- Paul R Jackson - University of Manchester, UK
Research Methods for Business & Management
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:
- A restructured, more coherent introduction to the nature, philosophy and politics of business and management research
- Further guidance on choosing a research question and writing a research proposal
- More visual material and an improved, full-color 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
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
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
Professor of Organizational Psychology, Manchester Business School, University of Manchester
I was very impressed in particular by the first 3 chapters: Introducing Management and Business Research, The Philosophy of Management Research, and Designing Management Research.
These chapters are very detailed and the authors are able to explain complex notions in clear language.
There is in particular a remarkable effort to go beyond the positivist vs. constructivist divide by also explaining other options, such as the feminist perspective that is almost never mentioned in methods books. Also, the book provides a balanced view of how an epistemological stance can also be linked to the research question investigated, and is not only about immuable beliefs about the world.
Regarding the data collection and "framing" as they call it, it seems the authors are trying to cover too much and it gets a bit puzzling. For example, I find it confusing to consider social network analysis as a qualitative methods (I use that method in my research and it requires literacy in statistics etc).
Very helpful to students, great.
The text is suitably comprehensive for undergraduate dissertation modules providing the learners with a good understanding of the theories and techniques of both qualitative and quantitative research. The book is user friendly and approachable - not as daunting as other texts. Learners commented on the helpfulness of the summary tables within the Chapters.
This is a very well-written and comprehensive book but probably at too high a level for level 5 students just starting to explore research methods.
Really like this approach much more student friendly.
The students like the way the book was accessible and straightforward to understand.
An excellent resource, which is a MUST have for every research student whether at undergraduate orpostgraduate level.
Good all round text
No longer teaching managment/marketing research