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.

Learning to be a Successful Writer

Learning to be a successful writer


My efforts to be an active, publishing scholar are facilitated by four gradually won insights.

  • Scholarship is based on community and conversation. In retrospect, the first papers I wrote had an intended audience of one. Not surprisingly, these papers did not get published. They bristled with academic references, but the references reflected an idiosyncratic search to satisfy my idiosyncratic interests. Now, I know that articles and books get published because they grow out of and contribute to shared interests. A cornerstone of every project therefore must be a decision about the scholars I intend to join. There are always many attractive alternatives. Over time I have involved myself in different conversations. That evolutionary process is ...
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