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.
Chapter 3: The Literature Review
The Literature Review
In the previous chapter we looked at the issues surrounding your choice of research topic. One of the key factors to consider in your choice of topic will have been the availability of relevant literature and access to research sources. A wide range of literature will provide you with a good foundation to build on as you progress through your chosen project area. An appropriate amount and range of literature will enable you to develop a coherent argument and to compare the findings from your research project with those of other researchers and official publications. Ensuring access to literature is a key issue and you will need to decide what constitutes relevant literature for your particular project. Given the information ...