Management and Business Research

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9781446296578: Management and Business Research

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.

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About the Author:

Mark Easterby-Smith is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Lancaster. His field is organizational learning. He has a first degree in Engineering Science and a PhD in Organizational Behaviour from Durham University and  has been an active researcher for over 30 years with primary interests in methodology and learning processes. He has carried out evaluation studies in many European companies, and has led research projects on management development, organizational learning, dynamic capabilities and knowledge transfer across international organizations in the UK, India and China.


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

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

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