For help preparing for, and support during your MBA course, The Essential MBA brings together a comprehensive overview of the main subjects taught on MBA and business and management programs in one book.

Each chapter is written by a specialized contributor and offers students a helpful introduction to each topic of study, including: Useful sections on research methods and study skills; Further reading recommendations and questions for reflection; A critical perspective of the subject matter; discussions of the underlying assumptions of mainstream theories; and reviews of alternative approaches.

Covering many key areas of management, this text is an invaluable guide for MBA students, as well as offering a useful introduction for undergraduate and graduate students of business and management and practitioners interested in reflecting how some areas of current thinking relate to their own experience and practice.

Research Approaches

Research approaches
SusanMiller, Hull University Business School

Chapter Overview

Key Concepts

Concepts; Construct; Deductive approach; Epistemology; Generalization; Inductive approach; Methodology; Methods; Ontology; Paradigm; Reliability; Theory; Validity

Most MBA programmes will require students to undertake some original research. While you may have had to do this to analyze a case study or to write an essay at various times during the course, the most comprehensive requirement for research comes when, as in many programmes, you have to produce a final project or dissertation. This often constitutes a significant part of the whole MBA, sometimes up to ...

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