In Management Research the authors provide a stimulating and critical overview of the key theoretical debates on research paradigms and methodologies, demystifying the process and providing invaluable insights into the politics and practice of research.
Conceived by Chris Grey as an antidote to conventional textbooks, each book in the `Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap' series takes a core area of the curriculum and turns it on its head by providing a critical and sophisticated overview of the key issues and debates in an informal, conversational and often humorous way.
Suitable for students carrying out Undergraduate and Postgraduate dissertations, MBA projects and PHD theses.
Emma Bell is Professor of Organisation Studies at the Open University Business School, UK. Emma's research focuses on the ways in which people collectively construct meaning through work. Key themes include: change and organizational loss, embodiment and media representations of management, spirituality and belief in organizations, and craft work businesses. Her approach to understanding these issues draws on insights from the social sciences and humanities, and involves critical, interpretive analysis of mainly qualitative data. She also writes about methods and methodologies in management research. http://business-school.open.ac.uk/people/eb9396 Richard Thorpe is Professor of Management Development and Pro Dean for Research at Leeds University Business School. His research interests have included: performance, entrepreneurship, knowledge and leadership as well as research methods in management research. His early career as a management trainee on a Clarks programme informed the way his ethos has developed. Following a period in industry his first academic appointment was as a researcher at Strathclyde University in the Pay and Reward Research Centre. There, as a consequence of the research conducted he developed close links with practitioners, intermediaries and policy makers, something he has strived to maintain as his career progressed. Common themes in his work are: a strong commitment to conducting research in collaboration with practitioners; a focus on action and change; an interest in and commitment to the development of doctoral students and the development of capacity within the sector. Richard has been past president and chair of the British Academy of Management and member of the ESRC Training and Development Board. He is currently chair of the Society for the Advancement of Management Studies.
Introduction: Why Management Research Matters to Us Chapter 1: In Search of Management Research Chapter 2: The Purpose of Management Research Chapter 3: Philosophies of Management Knowledge Chapter 4: Methods of Management Research Chapter 5: Theory in Management Research Chapter 6: Who Are We to Do This? Conclusion: What Kind of Management Researcher Are You?