A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Management Research (Very Short, Fairly Interesting & Cheap Books)

A Very Short, Fairly Interesting and Reasonably Cheap Book About Management Research (Very Short, Fairly Interesting & Cheap Books)

By: Emma Bell (author), Professor Richard Thorpe (author)Paperback

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Bell and Thorpe are engaging companions for this journey into the complex world of management research. They provide a stimulating and critical overview of the key theoretical debates on research paradigms and methodologies and relate them to the day to day practice of the research, demystifying the process and providing invaluable insights into the politics and practice of research. Unlike most books about management research, this little book does not present the process as logical, rationale and predictable. Instead, it explores the messy and unpredictable nature of management research and the fascinating reasons behind this. In doing so, it will give you the confidence and understanding to experiment and improvise while carrying out your research. Incorporating research tales from within the workplace, Bell and Thorpe have triumphed in bringing you a fun and thought-provoking discourse on management research that you will treasure.

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Emma Bell is Professor of Management and Organisation Studies and Head of the Centre for Economics and Management at Keele Management School. Her research is framed by a desire to understand cultures and belief systems in organizations. She has also studied business improvement initiatives and organizational change. Emma was a member of the British Academy of Management Council, and is current Co-Chair of the US Academy of Management Critical Management Studies Division. Her early working life included a period as a graduate trainee in the UK National Health Service. Emma's PhD was an ethnographic study of payment systems and organizational time in the chemical industry. She has always been interested in methods and methodologies of management research and the ways in which management knowledge is created. Recently, Emma has been involved in a number of projects related to visual analysis of organizations and management. She is a founding member of InVisio - the International Network of Visual Studies in Organizations, and worked on an ESRC Researcher Development Initiative to promote the development of visual analysis in management research. 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?

Product Details

  • publication date: 27/08/2013
  • ISBN13: 9781446201626
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 160
  • ID: 9781446201626
  • weight: 181
  • ISBN10: 1446201627

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