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.

Presenting and Analysing Data

Presenting and analysing data

When the research methods have been applied, you will have your data collected. Now comes one of the most crucial parts of the process, where you in effect ask the question, ‘What do I make of what I have found?’ Your analysis and interpretation of what you have found will be an area that will be studied very closely. This in itself is made easier–for you and others–by the way in which the data is actually presented. This chapter therefore considers the following:

  • The overall structure of this section
  • How quantitative data may be presented
  • How qualitative data may be presented
  • Guidance on the analysis of quantitative data
  • Guidance on the analysis of qualitative data
  • Analysis of all the data
  • The importance of self-criticism of ...
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