Essential Skills for Management Research provides an authoritative overview of research methodology for both students and professional researchers in management. Based on management research methods course needs, and written by expert academics in the field, this book is informed by the requirements of students, professionals and lecturers in management research.

Essential Skills for Management Research places emphasis on the more practical concerns of management researchers, focusing on the detail of developing and applying particular sets of research skills. In addition, the book gives straight-forward advice on how to:

develop a systematic methodology; learn to be a successful writer; acknowledge the individual in the researcher

Essential Skills for Management Research arose from the growing need to address the practical concerns of students in undertaking research that is relevant to management practice. The book develops tangible skills and will be an invaluable guide for management researchers and students at postgraduate and MBA levels.

The Production of Management Knowledge: Philosophical Underpinnings of Research Design

The Production of Management Knowledge: Philosophical Underpinnings of Research Design

The production of management knowledge: Philosophical underpinnings of research design


Management research deals fundamentally with the production and legitimation of the various forms of knowledge associated with the practices of management. Most traditional approaches to management research and knowledge creation involve a varied combination of the key processes of observation, reflection, theoretical conjecturing and the testing of theories and models developed to capture the essence of management realities. A seemingly wide panoply of theoretical perspectives has been proffered in recent times in the social sciences and in management research in particular, including positivism, hermeneutics, phenomenology, critical theory and realism. Despite this apparent diversity of philosophical approaches, this chapter will show that they basically represent various amalgams of ...

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