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Postgraduate Research in Business

Postgraduate Research in Business
A Critical Guide

184 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
In Postgraduate Research in Business, Sarah Quinton and Teresa Smallbone provide a vital introduction to the research process and the thinking and learning skills needed to successfully complete postgraduate research.

In step-by-step terms, the authors detail the 'tools of the trade' - the practical and the intellectual skills - that underpin the study of Business and Management, from research skills and project planning to strategies for reading, writing, and presentation.

Key Feautres:
  • A student-friendly guide to thinking critically about Business and Management research
  • Guidance on the best way to approach research
  • A clear focus on finding research topics and developing them in to dissertations
  • Essential help in forging critical reading skills
  • Helpful advice on making your research project manageable
  • An inside view on the assumptions and requirements of post graduate research in business
  • Structured support for writing up your research

This is essential reading for any student doing an MBA, an MA, or starting a PhD in Business or Management Studies. It will provide a vital supplement to the plethora of textbooks in Business and Research Methods.
What is Management Research and What Does It Mean at Masters' Level?
Developing a Critical Approach
Generating, Developing and Mapping Ideas for Research Topics
Making Your Project Manageable
Sources of Secondary Information
How To Read Critically
Organizing and Analyzing What You Have Read and Researched
Reflection - How to Learn to Be a Better Researcher and Business Manager from Doing Research
Reliability, Validity and Generalization
Writing Up and Beyond

This text is a well written guide to conducting research. Chapters six and eight on critical reading and reflection are particularly useful, not only for post-graduate researchers but also for academics! I will definitely encourage my students to read this text and refer to it often throughout the master's project.

Dr Aaron Van Klyton
International Business and Economics, Greenwich University
June 20, 2012

Sarah Quinton

Sarah Quinton is a researcher fascinated by how digitalisation is changing society and how we as researchers explore that changed society. As an academic Sarah teaches research methods with a particular focus on the breadth and ethical implications of digital research possibilities and she spends much time encouraging her Masters’ and PhD students to consider the opportunities and complexities of digital research.  Previous writing for Sage includes a text book Postgraduate research in business: a critical guide. Sarah’s research centres around how and why digital technologies are shaping the world of consumption, small business... More About Author

Teresa Smallbone

Teresa teaches on a range of undergraduate and graduate business degree programmes, while pursuing academic research interests in marketing and consumer buying behaviour. Background in magazine and newspaper publishing, and directing research programmes for consumer organisations. Has worked on a consultancy basis for a number of years for the UK Department of the Environment (DEFRA), and the National Consumer Council. Member of the Advisory Committee on Consumer Products and the Environment (advises DEFRA on sustainable consumption issues) ... More About Author

For instructors

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