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.

Choosing Your Topic and Designing the Research

Choosing your topic and designing the research

Now that you are aware of what is involved in completing the Masters Level project in leadership and management, and considered your own situation as regards this, we are able to turn to more precise issues. This chapter therefore considers the following issues:

  • What factors should be taken into account in selecting your personal topic
  • The probable structure of your final project
  • Submitting your proposal for approval
  • Understanding the main research approaches and designing your research
  • Being clear about case studies
  • Reflecting upon the importance of the context and culture of research, especially in international work.

What Factors Should Be Considered in Deciding Upon Your Topic?

We can begin with a piece of advice–that we are confident all tutors, supervisors ...

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