Research Methods for Business and Social Science Students

Author: John Adams,Hafiz T. A. Khan,Robert Raeside

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8132119819

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 304

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Research Methods for Business and Social Science Students aims to present a clear discussion of the research methods employed in various disciplines related to our daily life problems. The theoretical basis of research methods is explained clearly and succinctly. Collecting data is a key part of the book and this includes both qualitative and quantitative methods of data collection, along with the advantages and disadvantages of each method. The book also describes in clear terms how students can analyse data, interpret results and link these to the literature review and hence their own contribution. It sets out a range of fundamental ideas in research methods, such as deductivism and inductivism, and explains why methodology is not the same as method. In this second edition every chapter has been re-written to be more readable and also to include more examples. The authors have also added a real student research proposal and a multiple-choice test with answers for the readers to test their own understanding of the ideas in the book. The book has been designed to illustrate research tools in a clear and accessible manner through chapters on such topics as formulating research, research design, data analysis and writing up the research results.
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Research Methods for Graduate Business and Social Science Students

Author: John Adams,Hafiz T A Khan,Robert Raeside,David I. White

Publisher: SAGE Publications India

ISBN: 8178299763

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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Research Methods for Graduate Business and Social Science Students is a fundamental and easy guide to studying research methods. In addition to the general concepts relating to research methods, broad research issues and theoretical concepts critical to research are discussed. The book is written in a highly reader-friendly manner and contains plenty of examples and helpful practical exercises at the end of each chapter to reinforce and enjoy learning. Divided into 16 chapters, the authors aim to clearly and concisely explain the basics of quantitative and qualitative analysis and research to students, including: - Research ethics - Formulation and process of research - Literature analysis and critical reading - How to plan and implement a research project - Data collection, survey research and data management - Practical research techniques - Elementary and advanced statistical analyses - Assessment, reliability and validity of research work - Guidelines on research writing and structures of dissertation
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Analysis of the Cognitive Interview in Questionnaire Design

Author: Gordon B. Willis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0190262850

Category: Psychology

Page: 274

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Cognitive interviewing, based on the self-report methods of Ericsson and Simon, is a key form of qualitative research that has developed over the past thirty years. The primary objective of cognitive interviewing, also known as cognitive testing, is to understand the cognitive mechanisms underlying the survey-response process. An equally important aim is contributing to the development of best practices for writing survey questions that are well understood and that produce low levels of response error. In particular, an important applied objective is the evaluation of a particular set of questions, items, or other materials under development by questionnaire designers, to determine means for rewording, reordering, or reconceptualizing. Hence, as well as providing an empirical, psychologically oriented framework for the general study of questionnaire design, cognitive interviewing has been adopted as a 'production' mechanism for the improvement of a wide variety of survey questions, whether factual, behavioral, or attitudinal in nature. As with other methods that rely on qualitative data, cognitive interviewing has increasingly been criticized for being lax in the critical area of the development of systematic methods for data reduction, analysis, and reporting of results. Practitioners tend to conduct cognitive interviewing in varying ways, and the data coding and compilation activities undertaken are often nonstandardized and poorly described. There is a considerable need for further development--and documentation--relating not only to a description of this variation but also to providing a set of recommendations for minimal standards, if not best practices. The proposed volume endeavors to address this clear omission.
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Research Methodology for Social Sciences

Author: Arunangshu Giri,Debasish Biswas

Publisher: SAGE Publications Pvt. Limited

ISBN: 9789352807574

Category: Social Science

Page: 404

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An indispensable companion to UG and PG students of social sciences, this book will enable readers to identify research problems, carry out research enquiries effectively and report them systematically for further use. The unique feature of this book is that it indicates the absence of a common research methodology and introduces a family of approaches that can be applied to varied research situations. Through numerous examples and extensive referencing to popular statistical software packages such as SPSS and AMOS, the book will help students of social sciences to develop the fundamentals of data collection and analysis, and a thorough understanding of the research process as a whole. Providing a wide array of research techniques, Research Methodology for Social Sciences is an invaluable resource for all young researchers. Key Features: · Adopts a simplified yet comprehensive approach to all major steps in the application of research methods in social sciences · Emphasizes on SPSS and AMOS, and their uses through different numerical examples. · Demonstrates the application of each research method step-by-step and suggests ways to minimize computational hassles · Includes examples from various social science fields including anthropology, history and political science and so on.
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Conducting Case Study Research for Business and Management Students

Author: Bill Lee,Mark Saunders

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781446274170

Category:

Page: 152

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This book describes the properties of case study designs in organizational research, exploring the uses, advantages and limitations of case research. It also demonstrates the flexibilities which case designs offer, and challenges the myths surrounding this approach. Business & Management students using the book will be able to assess the applicability of case studies to their own research and, if appropriate, will also be able to design for themselves a creative case study strategy that will not only answer their original research questions, but also address questions they didn't consider when the research began. The Mastering Business Research Methods series provides practical guidance on using specific methods of data collection and data analysis. Expert authors, and series editors Bill Lee, Mark N K Saunders and Vadake K Narayanan, share their extensive experience on how to get the best from each method, through clear, understandable and applied examples. Ideal for Business & Management students studying for a Master's degree, each book provides all they need to know before employing a particular research method for their dissertation.
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How to Do Your Case Study

A Guide for Students and Researchers

Author: Gary Thomas

Publisher: SAGE Publications

ISBN: 0857025635

Category: Social Science

Page: 231

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This accessible text introduces students and researchers to the basics of case study research, using a wide range of real-life examples. It deals with the core issues and methods that anyone new to case study will need to understand: What is a case study? When and why should case study methods be used? How are case studies designed? What methods can be used? How do we analyze our data and write up our case?
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The SAGE Encyclopedia of Social Science Research Methods

Author: Michael Lewis-Beck,Alan E Bryman,Tim Futing Liao

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761923633

Category: Social Science

Page: 1305

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"The first encyclopedia to cover inclusively both quantitative and qualitative research approaches, this set provides clear explanations of 1,000 methodologies, avoiding mathematical equations when possible with liberal cross-referencing and bibliographies. Each volume includes a list of works cited, and the third contains a comprehensive index and lists of person names, organizations, books, tests, software, major concepts, surveys, and methodologies."--"Reference that rocks," American Libraries, May 2005.
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Research Methods for Environmental Studies

A Social Science Approach

Author: Mark Kanazawa

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317191331

Category: Reference

Page: 380

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The methodological needs of environmental studies are unique in the breadth of research questions that can be posed, calling for a textbook that covers a broad swath of approaches to conducting research with potentially many different kinds of evidence. Written specifically for social science-based research into the environment, this book covers the best-practice research methods most commonly used to study the environment and its connections to societal and economic activities and objectives. Over five key parts, Kanazawa introduces quantitative and qualitative approaches, mixed methods, and the special requirements of interdisciplinary research, emphasizing that methodological practice should be tailored to the specific needs of the project. Within these parts, detailed coverage is provided on key topics including the identification of a research project; spatial analysis; ethnography approaches; interview technique; and ethical issues in environmental research. Drawing on a variety of extended examples to encourage problem-based learning and fully addressing the challenges associated with interdisciplinary investigation, this book will be an essential resource for students embarking on courses exploring research methods in environmental studies.
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Analysing Quantitative Data for Business and Management Students

Author: Charles Scherbaum,Kristen Shockley

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1473917425

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 184

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Part of SAGE’s Mastering Business Research Methods Series, conceived and edited by Bill Lee, Mark N. K. Saunders and Vadake K. Narayanan and designed to support researchers by providing in-depth and practical guidance on using a chosen method of data collection or analysis. In Analyzing Quantitative Data, Charles Scherbaum and Kristen Shockley guide you through philosophical and theoretical foundations, basic components of quantitative analysis, conducting quantitative analysis, studies using quantitative analysis and strengths and limitations. The book also includes an appendix of Excel formulas. Ideal for Business and Management students reading for a Master’s degree, each book in the series may also serve as reference books for doctoral students and faculty members interested in the method. Watch the editors introduce the Mastering Business Research Methods series and tell you more about the first three books.
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Essentials of Business Research

A Guide to Doing Your Research Project

Author: Jonathan Wilson

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9781446242698

Category: Social Science

Page: 336

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Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project is a concise, student-friendly text that cuts through the jargon of research methods terminology to present a clear guide to the basics of methodology in a business and management context. This extremely accessible book is informed throughout by the use of clear case studies and examples that serve to bring the research process to life for student readers. Unusually for a Methods text, Wilson also explicitly considers the importance of the supervisor in the dissertation process, and explains for the reader what lecturers are looking for from their students at every stage of the process in a good research project. This book aims to guide the student through the entire research process by using actual student case examples and explaining the role of the supervisor and how to meet their expectations. Key features include: - ‘You’re the Supervisor’ sections – helps students to meet their learning outcomes; - ‘Common questions and answers’ – provides students with an invaluable point of reference for some of the challenges they are likely to face while undertaking their research project; - Comprehensive section on ethical issues students need to consider when undertaking their research project; - A full student glossary. - The book is packed throughout with student-friendly features such as helpful diagrams, student case studies, chapter objectives, annotated further reading sections and summary and references at the end of each chapter. Essentials of Business Research is accompanied by a companion website containing an array of material for lecturers and students including: multiple choice questions to enable students to test their knowledge and progress; chapter-by-chapter links to academic journal articles demonstrating each method’s application; chapter-by-chapter links to youtube resources to provide further context; chapter-by-chapter powerpoint slides to help lecturers and students.
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