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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

April 2018 | 240 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

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