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PART ONE: ISSUES AND PROCESSES IN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Introduction Starting Management Research The Role of Theory in Research Methods PART TWO: KEY METHODS IN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Experimental Research Design Action Research Survey Research Design Qualitative Methodology The Case of Ethnography PART THREE: PHILOSOPHICAL ISSUES AND DEVELOPMENTS IN MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Philosophical Disputes and Management Research Conclusions Evaluating Management Research

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John Gill, before his retirement, was Reader in Management in Sheffield Business School. In recent years Phil has participated in the generation and management of over GBP420, 000 of research funding, over GBP330,000 of which was provided by EPSRC and ESRC. Involved in much of this research have been local public and private sector organizations as sponsors of research and as research sites for both data collection and for change-management interventions. This research has concerned a range of issues including: management control; corporate governance; contractor-client relations; evolving management roles. Recently Phil has engaged in ESRC sponsored research into "Benchmarking Good Practice in Qualitative Management Research" which is part of the ESRC Research Methodology Programme. Currently Phil is a referee for a number of academic journals and reviews book proposals for several major academic publishers. He has also been a guest editor for the journal Management Decision and has recently been appointed as Associate Editor for a new international journal, Qualitative Research in Organizations and Management. Phil's education includes: BA (Hons) Sociology (Sheffield); MSc Organization Development (CNAA); MSc Advance Educational and Social Research Methods (Open University); PhD Management and Organization (CNAA).


'This new edition of a book which has guided countless management research students over the years is now better than ever, powerfully combining down-to-earth practical advice with sophisticated insights into the challenging issues of theory, philosophy and evaluation.'
Tony Watson
, Professor of Organisational Behaviour, Nottingham University Business School 'An excellent introduction to the management research arena - this book covers everything the student needs to know.'
Catherine Cassell
, Professor of Occupational Psychology, Manchester Business School 'One of the best books on research methodology for management researchers - a treasure trove of ideas and practical advice for everyone, from the novice to the experienced researcher.'
Professor Andy Neely
, Deputy Director, AIM Research 'I have always used Research Methods for Managers as my preferred text for teaching the fundamentals of the subject. Its strength lies in the way it combines sound guidance on the conduct of research with a clear exposition of underlying philosophical issues. This new edition contains useful new content and aids that will help students master what many find to be a challenging subject.'
Professor John Child
, Emeritus Professor, University of Birmingham

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