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Business Research Methods for Chinese Students

Business Research Methods for Chinese Students
A Practical Guide to Your Research Project

  • Huiping Xian - Sheffield University Management School, University of Sheffield, UK
  • Yue Meng-Lewis - Coventry Business School, Coventry University, UK

March 2018 | 264 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Written by Chinese authors who having both successfully completed Masters degrees and PhDs and become lecturers at UK universities, are equipped to provide Chinese students with straightforward guidance to help overcome the cultural and language difficulties they are confronted with, and to support them in their undertaking of the research methods section of their dissertations.

The book comprehensively covers both the theory and practice and includes a number of features to support learning including:

  • Chinese translations of key concepts and definitions
  • Tips about how to use different methods in the Chinese context
  • Clear definitions of key terms
  • Short illustrative examples
  • A list of useful resources about Chinese research

The book also features examples of Chinese research from the authors’ own work and from top journals to illustrate how the methods can be applied in the Chinese context.

Suitable reading for undergraduate and postgraduate students across all business and management disciplines.

1. Introduction
2. Developing a Research Topic
3. Research Philosophy and Approaches
4. Research Design
5. Sampling
6. Data Collection
7. Analysing Qualitative Data
8. Analysing Quantitative Data
9. Culture, Language and Translation
10. Writing Up

With translations of key terms and practical, relevant examples for Chinese students, Huiping Xian and Yue Meng-Lewis’ book very clearly explains the mechanics of how to do research but also delves into important issues affecting researching in context. The straightforward descriptions, templates, figures of key concepts, and section specifically examining culture and language make this book both an extremely valuable resource and an enjoyable read for students and researchers.

Kate Hutchings
Professor of Human Resource Management, Griffith University, Australia

This book is timely, innovative and important. Its main target group, Chinese students of business and management, will benefit significantly from reading it. Not only will they get hands-on advice about developing a research project, they will also understand the role of language and translation in framing thoughts and when working with empirical data.

Susanne Tietze
Professor of International Management and Languages, Sheffield Hallam University, UK

This is a valuable book for Chinese students as well as anyone who need guidance in conducting professional research. The unique value this book creates is its additional focus on Chinese context as well as translation of key concepts and definition with Chinese translation. This is the first business research methods book written for Chinese instead of being a research methods textbook translated from English to Chinese. This is a ‘must buy’ textbook for the Chinese speaking community.


Dr Fernando Lourenço
Assistant Professor, Institute for Tourism Studies, China

This book has been carefully crafted to support Chinese students confronted with the numerous challenges of higher education systems that may be distant from their own. By developing a practice-oriented guide on research projects, Xian and Meng-Lewis cover a very relevant gap between education systems. In so doing, this book ends up providing an incredible support tool that is not limited to Chinese students only.


Davide Secchi
COMAC Research Cluster, University of Southern Denmark

As a Chinese speaker and a beginner in academic research, this book provided me a general understanding of the research process along with the methods that can be used for my dissertation. The conclusion is written in Chinese and was extremely helpful to understand the methods in a short period of time.

Ming Li, University of Sheffield, MBA

I find your new book really helpful! I will recommend it to all my classmates.

Shaoxin Ma, University of Sheffield, MSc Management

Finally there is a research methodology book for Chinese students! This book explains research philosophy and other complex concepts in a simple way. It fills the gap of the area which were not taught in traditional Chinese Higher Education. The book makes it much easier to understand the complicated concepts especially the logic behind it in my own language. It has been quite helpful to me in conducting a doctoral research project

Ying Zhao BA MA MBA
University of Chester

Most useful for Chinese students attending final year of degree programme

Mr Keith Chandler
Chester Business School, Chester University
January 10, 2022

This is an excellent textbook. I will be seriously using it in the next academic year. I do however wish it had translations for the Chinese text and also included elements for those students from Middle Eastern countries.

Dr Sam Buxton
School of Business & Economics, Swansea University
August 30, 2018

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 3: Research philosophy and approaches