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.

Modelling-as-Theorizing: A Systematic Methodology for Theory Development

Modelling-as-Theorizing: A Systematic Methodology for Theory Development

Modelling-as-theorizing: A systematic methodology for theory development


Organizational researchers are primarily trained in data collection techniques and the latest analytical tools, not the nuances of theory building. Our doctoral programs tend to skip over theory building perhaps because it is not a step-by-step process that can be taught like LISREL or event-history analysis. Reading major theorists and writing literature review papers is often passed off as training in theory building, even though such assignments really don't teach one how to craft conceptual arguments. (Sutton and Staw, 1995: 380)

I second Sutton and Staw's sobering assessment regarding the paucity of theory-development training in the field of organizational studies. Furthermore, I strongly endorse Weick's (1989: 516) observation, ‘Theory cannot be improved until we ...

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