Key Concepts in Business and Management Research Methods

Author: Peter Stokes

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230346006

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 256

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A detailed yet concise handbook clarifying all the major terms needed for a thorough understanding of key research methodology concepts in business and management. An invaluable guide for students at all levels seeking assistance with projects, research proposals, dissertations and theses; including case studies and suggestions for further reading.

Key Concepts in Innovation

Author: Hamsa Thota,Zunaira Munir

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137182660

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 328

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A comprehensive glossary providing clear explanations of the major terms in the field of innovation, covering areas such as product development, design and creativity. By simplifying complex terminology and highlighting key debates, this book is an ideal companion for both students and practitioners in the field.

Key Concepts in Social Research Methods

Author: Roger Gomm

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137175176

Category: Social Science

Page: 256

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An in-depth glossary, this accessible book successfully introduces students to the key concepts and terms used in social research. Terms are organised alphabetically and fully cross-referenced for use of ease. Suggestions for further reading help to consolidate knowledge and aids understanding.

Key Concepts in Politics and International Relations

Author: Andrew Heywood

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137494778

Category: Political Science

Page: 280

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This accessible guide to the major concepts in politics has now been revised and expanded to include over 60 international relations terms to take account of the increasing influence of globalization upon politics. Each concept is defined clearly and fully, and its significance for political understanding is explored.

Key Concepts in Criminology and Criminal Justice

Author: Helena McFarquhar

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 0230345573

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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This comprehensive explanation of the major concepts and theories involved in criminology and the criminal justice system offers not only a solid introduction to the subject, but is also a useful reference and revision aid. Organised alphabetically for ease of use, it focuses on the socio-scientific and legal perspectives of the disciplines.

The Palgrave Handbook of Public Administration and Management in Europe

Author: Edoardo Ongaro,Sandra Van Thiel

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137552697

Category: Political Science

Page: 1302

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This Handbook offers a systematic review of state-of-the-art knowledge on public administration in Europe. Covering the theoretical, epistemological and practical aspects of the field, it focuses on how public administration operates and is studied in European countries. In sixty-three chapters, written by leading scholars, this Handbook considers the uniqueness of the European situation through an interdisciplinary and comparative lens, focusing on the administrative diversity which results from the multiplicity of countries, languages, schools of thought and streams of investigation across Europe. It addresses issues such as multi-level administration and governance, intensive cross country cooperation in administrative reform policy, and public accountability under different systems. It also considers the issue of welfare service delivery, at a time of major economic and societal challenges, as well as understudied emerging issues like Islamic Public Administration and the dynamics of public sector negotiations. With contributions from key experts in Public Administration and Public Management, this cutting edge Handbook offers a significant contribution to the field of comparative public administration, policy and management.

Critical Concepts in Queer Studies and Education

An International Guide for the Twenty-First Century

Author: Nelson M. Rodriguez,Wayne J. Martino,Jennifer C. Ingrey,Edward Brockenbrough

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137554258

Category: Education

Page: 491

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This book advances a broad constellation of critical concepts situated within the field of queer studies and education. Collectively, the concepts take up a cross-section of scholarship that speaks to various political, epistemological, theoretical, methodological, and pedagogical concerns. Given the ongoing global centrality of sociocultural and political developments related to the topic of LGBTQ in the twenty-first century, the concepts in this volume and the issues raised by each contributor will have wide international appeal among researchers, scholars, educators, students, and activists working at the intersection of queer studies and education.

Functions, Methods and Concepts in Evaluation Research

Author: R. Stockmann,W. Meyer

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137012471

Category: Political Science

Page: 341

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By explaining the role of evaluation in modern societies and its historical development in the USA and Europe this book highlights the scientific roots of Evaluation and offers an overview of its fundamental theories and concepts. The process of collecting, analyzing and interpreting is explored giving an insight into the course of an evaluation.

The Routledge International Handbook of Higher Education

Author: Malcolm Tight,Ka Ho Mok,Jeroen Huisman,Christopher Morphew

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134082002

Category: Education

Page: 544

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This volume is a detailed and up-to-date reference work providing an authoritative overview of the main issues in higher education around the world today. Consisting of newly commissioned chapters and impressive journal articles, it surveys the state of the discipline and includes the examination and discussion of emerging, controversial and cutting edge areas.

Research Methods

Author: Peter Stokes,Tony Wall

Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan

ISBN: 9780230362031

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 296

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The Business Briefings series offers authoritative introductory textbooks in core business topics. Covering the basics and providing springboards to further study, the books take a no-nonsense practical approach, and are ideal as accessible introductions or as revision guides. This book explains what is required for carrying out a successful research project. Clear and well-structured, it allows students to quickly grasp key concepts in research methodology, taking them through the various stages of developing a dissertation in a step-by-step guide. Key benefits • Provides a concise and cogent guide to a challenging subject area • Provides a step-by-step guide to writing a dissertation Professor Peter Stokes is Deputy Dean at Chester Business School, University of Chester, UK. Dr Tony Wall is a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) at Chester Business School, University of Chester, UK. 'This book is a masterpiece of clarity. It brings to life research methodology as exciting exploration. Its approach is engaging, stimulating and stretching. The book demystifies research methods and makes them accessible. It is an essential text for all those developing their research approach.' – Peter Shaw, University of Chester and Newcastle University, UK 'This is an excellent account of the use of a variety of research methods in academic studies as well as in practical business settings. Stokes and Wall have made accessible, informative and interesting what is often seen as a difficult part of producing a dissertation or building evidence to support a business case.' – Wes Harry, Cass Business School, City University London, UK 'Stokes and Wall adapt the best research methods expertise and craft it into an approachable, accessible text. Their blend of instruction, examples, and vignettes enables readers to develop a thorough understanding of the content.' – Mitchell J. Larson, Lancashire Business School, University of Central Lancashire, UK

Mixed Methods Research in Poverty and Vulnerability

Sharing Ideas and Learning Lessons

Author: Keetie Roelen,Laura Camfield

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 113745251X

Category: Social Science

Page: 281

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The added value of mixed methods research in poverty and vulnerability is now widely established. Nevertheless, gaps and challenges remain. This volume shares experiences from research in developed and developing country contexts on how mixed methods approaches can make research more credible, usable and responsive to complexity.

Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education

Author: Mario Carretero,Stefan Berger,Maria Grever

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137529083

Category: History

Page: 856

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This volume comprises a broad interdisciplinary examination of the many different approaches by which contemporary scholars record our history. The editors provide a comprehensive overview through thirty-eight chapters divided into four parts: a) Historical Culture and Public Uses of History; b) The Appeal of the Nation in History Education of Postcolonial Societies; c) Reflections on History Learning and Teaching; d) Educational Resources: Curricula, Textbooks and New Media. This unique text integrates contributions of researchers from history, education, collective memory, museum studies, heritage, social and cognitive psychology, and other social sciences, stimulating an interdisciplinary dialogue. Contributors come from various countries of Northern and Southern America, Europe and Asia, providing an international perspective that does justice to the complexity of this field of study. The Palgrave Handbook of Research in Historical Culture and Education provides state-of-the-art research, focussing on how citizens and societies make sense of the past through different ways of representing it.

The Palgrave Handbook of Textbook Studies

Author: Eckhardt Fuchs,Annekatrin Bock

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137531428

Category: Education

Page: 432

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This volume examines the present status and future trends of textbook studies. Cutting-edge essays by leading experts and emerging scholars explore the field’s theories, methodologies, and topics with the goal of generating debate and providing new perspectives. The Georg Eckert Institute’s unique transdisciplinary focus on international textbook research has shaped this handbook, which explores the history of the discipline, the production processes and contexts that influence textbooks, the concepts they incorporate, how this medium itself is received and future trends. The book maps and discusses approaches based in cultural studies as well as in the social and educational sciences in addition to contemporary methodologies used in the field. The book aims to become the central interdisciplinary reference for textbook researchers, students, and educational practitioners.

Disclosing Childhoods

Research and Knowledge Production for a Critical Childhood Studies

Author: Spyros Spyrou

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 1137479043

Category: Social Science

Page: 241

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Disclosing Childhoods offers a critical account of knowledge production in childhood studies. The book argues for the need to be reflexive about the knowledge practices of the field and to scrutinize the role of researchers in disclosing certain childhoods rather than others. A relational lens is used to critique the ongoing fixation of childhood studies with the unitary child-agent and to re-introduce the question of ontology in knowledge production. The author provides a critical account of childhood studies’ trajectory, as well as exploring the key concepts of voice, agency and participation, illustrating the potential of a reflexive stance towards knowledge production. Drawing on poststructuralist and posthumanist thinking, each of these concepts is critiqued for its conceptual limits while productive avenues are offered to reconfigure their utility. Spyrou also addresses the ethics and politics of knowledge production and considers key emerging insights which can contribute towards the development of a more reflexive and critical childhood studies. Students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including childhood studies, anthropology, sociology and geography, will find this book of interest, as well as those interested in qualitative research methodology and social theory.

Key Concepts in Social Research

Author: Geoff Payne,Judy Payne

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1446233898

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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`This clearly written and user-friendly book is ideal for students or researchers who wish to get a basic, but solid grasp of a topic and see how it fits with other topics. By following the links a student can easily and efficiently build up a clear conceptual map of social research' - Malcolm Williams, Reader in Sociology, Cardiff University `This is a really useful book, written in an accessible manner for students beginning their study of social research methods. It is helpful both as an introductory text and as a reference guide for more advanced students. Most of the key topics in methods and methodology are covered and it will be suitable as a recommended text on a wide variety of courses' - Clive Seale, Brunel University At last, an authoritative, crystal-clear introduction to research methods which really takes account of the needs of students for accessible, focused information to help with undergraduate essays and exams. The key concepts discussed here are based on a review of teaching syllabi and the authors' experience of many years of teaching. Topics range over qualitative and quantitative approaches and combine practical considerations with philosophical issues. They include several new topics, like internet and phone polling, internet searches, and visual methods. Each section is free-standing, can be tackled in order, but with links to other sections to enable students to cross-reference and build up a wider understanding of central research methods. To facilitate comprehension and aid study, each section begins with a definition. It is followed by a summary of key points with key words and guides to further reading and up-to-date examples. The book is a major addition to undergraduate reading lists. It is reliable, allows for easy transference to essays and exams and easy to use, and exceptionally clearly written for student consumption. The book answers the needs of all those who find research methods daunting, and for those who have dreamt of an ideal introduction to the subject.

The Palgrave Handbook of Media and Communication Research in Africa

Author: Bruce Mutsvairo

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 3319704435

Category: Social Science

Page: 497

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This handbook attempts to fill the gap in empirical scholarship of media and communication research in Africa, from an Africanist perspective. The collection draws on expert knowledge of key media and communication scholars in Africa and the diaspora, offering a counter-narrative to existing Western and Eurocentric discourses of knowledge-production. As the decolonial turn takes centre stage across Africa, this collection further rethinks media and communication research in a post-colonial setting and provides empirical evidence as to why some of the methods conceptualised in Europe will not work in Africa. The result is a thorough appraisal of the current threats, challenges and opportunities facing the discipline on the continent.

Servant Leadership

Developments in Theory and Research

Author: Dirk van Dierendonck,Kathleen Patterson

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 0230299180

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 237

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Servant-leadership may be the answer to the current demand for a more ethical, people-centred leadership where humility, servitude and contribution are key elements. The purpose of this book is to provide an overview of current thinking and empirical research of the determinants, underlying processes and consequences of servant leadership.

Business and Management Research

Paradigms and Practices

Author: Erica Hallebone,Jan Priest

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137110783

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 252

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Business and Management Research combines the philosophy and practicalities of research into one accessible volume. Three popular approaches are demonstrated through case studies and reliable mental models, providing readers with applied knowledge - a crucial advantage when undertaking high profile projects. Key Features: • Detailed graphics, life-cycle illustrations and 'helicopter' treatment of key ideas make this the ideal starting point to a research project • Case studies demonstrate the concepts and methodologies of research • Strong focus on methodology, a central aspect of successful research design

Business Research

A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

Author: Jill Collis,Roger Hussey

Publisher: Macmillan International Higher Education

ISBN: 1137037482

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 376

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A practical, concise, straightforward guide. Covering the entire process from reviewing the literature to writing up results, it has balanced coverage of quantitative and qualitative methods and a popular troubleshooting section. It provides all the tools needed to embark on and complete successful research, underpinned by academic rigour.