This book gives a complete guide to carrying out and completing a project or dissertation which has a leadership or management focus. It is written in accessible, jargon-free language and provides practical advice in all the relevant areas of research and its reporting.

The authors provide case examples of students' work from a range of contexts. They give guidance on what pitfalls to avoid, and show clearly how to structure the project, write a literature review, present personal research findings, as well as how to understand different kinds of research, assessment, and maximizing tutorial support.

The book is essential for graduate students in fields such as education or business studies, giving a clear step-by-step approach to doing the fieldwork and writing up the outcomes, including how to make conclusions and recommendations. It provides a comprehensive resource to ensure success in leadership and management projects and dissertations.

Setting the Scene

Setting the scene


Studying for a Masters Level qualification is a difficult, lengthy, but hopefully rewarding process. It should provide you with personal and professional satisfaction as you develop your own intellectual and professional capabilities. As you near the end of your programme of study you will be expected to complete a lengthy piece of work which is described in various ways in different institutions as a thesis, dissertation, extended study or project. During this book we will use the term ‘project’ to refer to any extended piece of Masters Level writing. The techniques we are writing about will be generally applicable to any extended Masters Level writing, but will be particularly focused on leadership and management. Carrying out a major project is ...

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