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.

Acknowledging the Individual in the Researcher

Acknowledging the Individual in the Researcher

Acknowledging the individual in the researcher
KimJames and SusanVinnicombe

The beliefs and the behaviours of the researcher are part of the empirical evidence for (or against) the claims advanced in the results of the research … [which] … must be open to critical scrutiny no less than what is traditionally defined as relevant evidence. (Harding, 1987: 9)


Why does anyone do management research? One might argue that researchers, who are intelligent and diligent on the whole, could have interesting and better-paid jobs with good prospects in many organizations. In our experience, most management researchers are driven by curiosity to enquire into a phenomenon that has aroused a personal interest. This is particularly true in doctoral work, and even when doctoral research is ...

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