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.

Applying Research Methods

Applying research methods

In this chapter we deal with the various principles and processes that need to be applied in using the research methods described in the previous chapter. Therefore the following issues are considered:

  • Piloting or trialling your selected research instrument(s)
  • Deciding upon the sample for their use
  • Using triangulation and ensuring validity and reliability
  • Following the appropriate ethical procedures in research
  • The use of specific research literature
  • Setting out the Methodology section of your project or dissertation.

Piloting Your Research Instrument(s)

Whichever form of research instrument you have selected as the most appropriate for your specific topic, it is crucial that you ensure that in its final form, it is as focused and accurate as possible for its purpose, that of giving you the data you need. Any errors ...

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