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Doing Your Dissertation in Business and Management

Doing Your Dissertation in Business and Management
The Reality of Researching and Writing

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January 2006 | 128 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd
This is a research book with a difference. It tells the truth about the research process. Each phase of a research project is addressed in the simultaneous order in which researchers often undertake them. Importantly, the book recognizes that writing up a research project is rarely organized in the form in which the dissertation is finally presented.  

Readers are given guidelines to help them assess the kind of researcher they are and the all important question of how to chose a research project is answered. The book is easy to read and covers:

  • An explanation of what lies behind the requirements that need to be met by a research proposal
  • What readers should expect from their supervisors and what the researched organisation might expect from readers
  • Support for the confused and anxious student.

This book will guide the student through a challenging time, giving quick and realistic support to enable a stress-free completion of their final dissertation and project write up.

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What's In This For You?
Before You Begin To Begin
On the Edge of Beginning
The Problem with the Research Problem
The Problem with the Research Process
Time Well Spent
The Research Design

What They Said about Your Topic
The Literature Search and Review

Getting Your Information and Dealing With It
Writing Matters
The Final Effort


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Useful pre-reading for Level 6 and Level 7 students about to embark on dissertation. The advice is better tailored for older students, with some experience of independent living and the professional workplace.

The book is full of small, practical exercises, such as asking what type of researcher are you: doctor, detective or explorer? These exercises can be used by dissertation supervisors while a student is refining their research question, and to keep reminding them of their research question during the process.

The book is particularly good at translating between academics and students, particularly when it comes to research terminologies and expectations. Definitely one to recommend for student pre-reading.

The early chapter headings can be rather off-putting e.g. "Before you being to begin", but the writing is clear, to the point of terseness.

Mrs Udeni Salmon
Salford Business School, Salford University
January 12, 2016

New masters students have questions about their work and this book goes a long way to providing useful and practical answers. As such, it can save a supervisor a lot of time. I would have liked to have seen an index included and think links to further reading would have been useful.

Mr David Biggins
The Business School, Bournemouth University
November 8, 2013

A realistic view of the thesis' process that is refreshing and instructive to students

Mr Jean-Charles Languilaire
Department of Urban Studies, Malmo University
September 16, 2012

A really good book adopting a different approach to advices to students. A book to read !

Mr Jean-Charles Languilaire
ESOL, Jonkoping University
July 6, 2011

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