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Management and Business Research

Management and Business Research

Fifth Edition
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May 2015 | 400 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Now in its Fifth Edition, this much-loved text offers theoretical and philosophical depth as well as insights into practice. 

The text covers the entire research process in an accessible way and provides critical, thoughtful treatment of important issues like ethics and politics, making it an invaluable companion for any business and management student

New to the Fifth Edition: 

  • Expanded to include examples from across business and management including Marketing, International Business and Psychology
  • Up-to-date, international examples and cases from a range of countries
  • Introductory chapter looks at writing proposals in detail
  • Chapter on the literature review now includes how to critically review
  • Move towards new technologies and social media including discussion of wikis and cloud sourcing
  • Improved structure and flow, with three chapters on qualitative methods and three on quantitative methods
  • Additional practical exercises which are linked to key research tasks throughout

The companion website ( offers a wealth of resources for both lecturers and students including, for lecturers, an instructor's manual and PowerPoint slides and, for students, author podcasts, journal articles, web links, MCQs, datasets and a glossary.
Chapter 1: Getting Started and Writing the Research Proposal
Chapter 2: Reviewing the Literature
Chapter 3: The Philosophy of Management and Business Research
Chapter 4: Designing Management and Business Research
Chapter 5: Politics, Access and Ethics
Chapter 6: Crafting Qualitative Data through Language and Text
Chapter 7: Crafting Qualitative Data through Observation and Interaction
Chapter 8: Framing and Interpreting Qualitative Data
Chapter 9: Crafting Quantitative Data
Chapter 10: Summarizing and Making Inferences from Quantitative Data
Chapter 11: Multivariate Analysis
Chapter 12: Writing Management and Business Research


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This textbook comes with SAGE edge, a range of free tools and resources that will enhance the teaching and learning experience

SAGE edge for students provides a personalised approach to help you accomplish your coursework goals in an easy-to-use learning environment and features :
  • Learning objectives for each chapter that reinforce the most important material
  • Practice quizzes that allow you to assess your understanding of course material, with 3 short answer questions and 10 multiple choice questions per chapter
  • Exclusive access to SAGE journal articles and chapters which have been carefully selected to support and expand on key concepts and to encourage critical thinking
  • Links to websites and videos that offer a new perspective and an alternative learning style
  • A complete dataset so you can practice data analysis with helpful notes from the authors
  • Action plan for a more personalised learning experience
  • Mobile friendly eflashcards to strengthen your understanding of key terms and concepts 

SAGE edge for instructors supports teaching by making it easy to integrate quality content and create a rich learning environment for students and features :

PowerPoint slides for each chapter that can be edited for use in teaching
Instructor's Manual containing chapter overviews, hints and tips, guidance on the exercises and examples in the book and additional exercises (some incorporating the use of video)

This excellent book provides one of the most comprehensive and hands-on treatises of the entire research process. It views research as craftwork that requires continuous development and perfection of skills. Therefore, this book speaks to a broad audience of both junior and more seasoned researchers in management and business studies. If you have time to read only one book on how to undertake academic research, this is the one!

Rebecca Piekkari
Professor of International Business and Vice Dean for Research and International Affairs at Aalto University, School of Business, Finland

This excellent book covers the theory and practice of research in an accessible and engaging way, making it the perfect choice for both novice and experienced researchers in the field of business and management

Dr Lisa Anderson
Director of Online Programmes in the University of Liverpool Management School, UK

This is a must for all Business and Management students. This easy to follow book will provide a robust handrail for any research project.

Mr Christopher McKechnie
Scotton Hall, HM Forces
October 16, 2016

It is a very practical book.

Dr Caihui Lin
Queen's Management School, Queen's University Belfast
September 22, 2016

A useful update on the previous edition.

Dr Marian Iszatt-White
Department of Leadership and Managment, Lancaster University
August 30, 2016

This book constitutes a mandatory consultation for students and scholars in the field of business research. The authors clearly describe all the various stages which are required by the research process. Management and Business Research book offers a number of examples and readings that give additional support during the investigation process.

Mr Yonni Angel Cuero Acosta
Business Administration , Leipzig University
August 21, 2016

It is a good additional material given its focus on business/management research.

Mr Ricardo Azambuja
Management , Grenoble Graduate School of Business
July 1, 2016

Used this book as a core reading material for my research methods unit and students find it very useful to help them understand and gain knowledge of research methods practices, especially research philosophies.

Dr Jenny Cheung
School of Materials, Textiles & Paper, Manchester University
May 12, 2016

A thorough all round introduction to Research Methods

Mr Martyn Edward Jarvis
Faculty of Business and Society, Department of Law, Accounting and Finance, University of South Wales
March 30, 2016

This is an excellent book. The presentation is clear with excellent use of visual aids which provide clarity for what is often felt to be a complex and difficult concepts.

Dr Helen Stoneley
Faculty of Education, Health, Sciences, Derby University
March 21, 2016