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.

Next Steps

Next steps

It is unlikely that you have read a book such as this from cover to cover, finally arriving at this chapter. It is more likely that you will have looked at the contents list of chapter titles and topics, picked out those which you need most help with and read those first. However, whatever your personal approach, we would like in this final brief chapter to:

  • Remind you of our ‘golden rules'
  • Select some of the most important issues for your attention
  • Suggest how to actually get started–and finally -
  • Suggest some practical things that you might do next, as you begin your journey.

Some Golden Rules

Throughout the book, we have identified in each chapter at least one–and sometimes more than one–thing which is in our view ...

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