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Designing and Managing a Research Project
A Business Student's Guide

Third Edition


© 2015 | 352 pages | SAGE Publications, Inc
Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide, Third Edition is a practical, step-by-step guide that shows business students how to successfully conduct a research project, from choosing the topic to presenting the results. The authors have applied their many years of experience in supervising student projects to provide examples of actual research problems and to offer practical solutions. Unique to this book is the inclusion of chapters on topics such as supervision, group work and ethics, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, with links provided to a range of online resources, as well as examples from student projects.
 
Part I: The Foundations
 
Chapter 1: Introduction
What Is Research?  
How a Research Project Fits Within Your Business Education  
Overview of the Book  
Online Support Materials  
Real World Examples  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 2: Choosing a Topic
Has the Topic Been Assigned?  
Steps in Choosing a Topic  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 3: The Role of the Supervisor
Understanding Your Supervisor  
What Is the Role of a Supervisor?  
Selecting a Supervisor  
Other Supervisor Arrangements  
Ground Rules and Expectations  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 4: Group Dynamics and the Role of Conflict
Group Work and Conflict  
Positive and Negative Conflict  
General Causes of Conflict  
Conflict Stimulation  
Managing Conflict  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 5: Ethical Considerations
What Is Human Intervention?  
Codes of Ethical Conduct/Practice  
Ethical Philosophies  
Ethical Issues to Consider  
Plagiarism, Academic Fraud and Misrepresenting the Results  
Technology Issues  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Part II: Undertaking the Research
 
Chapter 6: Planning the Research Project
Importance of Planning  
The Research Process  
The Research Proposal  
Managing the Research Process  
Budgeting  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 7: Literature Review
What Is a Literature Review?  
How Can Literature Be Used?  
Where to Obtain Literature  
How to Write a Literature Review  
Referencing  
Managing Your References  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 8: Data Gathering
Factors to Evaluate Data-Gathering Methods  
Types of Research Data  
Secondary Data  
Primary Data  
Mixed Methods  
Sampling Methods  
Research Errors  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
Appendix 8.1. Statistical Agencies  
 
Chapter 9: Qualitative Data Analysis
Qualitative Data Collection Methods  
Implementation  
Analysis and Interpretation  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 10: Quantitative Data Analysis
Hypotheses, Errors, and Significance  
Empirically Examining Data  
Basic Analysis  
Basic Associations  
Basic Causal Relationships  
Introducing Advanced Techniques  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Glossary  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
Further Reading  
 
Chapter 11: Establishing Recommendations
Describing the Results  
Discussion and Interpretation  
Research Implications  
Recommendation Guidelines  
Limitations  
Future Research  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Part III: Communicating the Results
 
Chapter 12: Presenting the Results
Ways to Present Research Findings  
Numerical Tables  
APA Style  
Charts and Graphs  
Pictures  
Maps  
Quotations  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
Chapter 13: Writing the Report
Written Communication  
When to Write?  
Types of Reports  
Structure of a Project Report  
APA Standards  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
14.Oral Presentations
Before the Presentation  
The Presentation  
Wrapping Up  
Groups and Group Members in Presentations  
Video Presentations  
Conclusion  
Project Checklist  
Case Study  
Chapter Questions  
References  
 
15.Concluding Remarks
Some Final Hints for Those Undertaking a Project  
Case Study (Epilogue)  
 
Index
 
About the Authors

“Excellent guide to approaching a formal research project.  Authors provide numerous value-added tables, checklists, and thought-provoking questions that engage and support readers.”

Craig Barton
North Central University

“Designing and Managing a Research Project is a great resource for students at all levels who are new to research and need to breakdown the vernacular to better understand the simple ways to gather data.”

Julie M. Bjorkman
Benedictine University

Assist DBA students in managing project effort

Dr Margaret Carter
Business Administration , National Graduate Univ
July 24, 2015

Not suitable for my students, however this is a very good publication for other higher level students.

Miss Charlotte Goddard
Business and Science, Hull College
August 19, 2014
Key features

NEW TO THIS EDITION:

  • Up-to-date content that incorporates the more recent references and resources from around the world to encourage more detailed discussions of concepts and activities on a broader spectrum, in addition to an extensive set of links to web paged materials from around the world on topics covered
  • Research-based assignments embedded within the book and connected to the student study site to help explain how previous students have used the relevant material discussed within their projects, as well as full examples of student reports on the book’s webpage
  • Expanded content, such as the discussion of plagiarism, and a wide variety of links to online materials, as well as online materials created for the text, have been added to help students better assess the material

KEY FEATURES:

  • Full range of activities that allow students to solve practical issues and apply the methods they’ve learned
  • Important topics not to be frequently discussed such as: student research ethics, working in groups, working with supervisors, and the literature review and how literature is used in writing
  • Online examples of real student assignments that are supplemented with video interviews and web-based materials to allow students to see how other students have addressed various issues within their research projects
  • Unique case study on establishing new environmental policies within a firm, with an alternative on the development of a new restraint chain provided on the instructor web page, allows students to work through a project and helps them identify the issues they will need to consider in their own research
  • End-of-chapter checklists are provided to assist students in progressing though the research management stages to completion of project
  • End-of-chapter questions assist students in considering various issues, and the advantages and disadvantages of a particular approach to their project issues

Sample Materials & Chapters

Chapter 7

Chapter 14


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