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Excellent text book on research methods
on 22 August 2013
I have known earlier versions of this text for a long time and finally decided to buy a copy to help with a project developing detailed guidance on some particular aspects of methods. There have been some significant changes in this latest version of an old favourite and they make the volume more useful to both research supervisors and students. I have not used the book to help with business research so my interest is on the academic utility of the book.
The opening part of the book covers important matters of approach, ontology and epistemology, covering these topics in a simple, easily assimilated manner that students will appreciate and their supervisors should find helpful when teaching. Later parts cover specific techniques effectively with plenty of short case studies and examples. I found the chapter on interviews very helpful mainly as it covered some of the more tricky aspects such as ethics, data coding and analysis in a common sense manner.
Overall, this is a good text book and good value for money. Many libraries already use this as their standard text for research methods and this version will, I am sure, be viewed favourably.
There is a companion website which students may find helpful and there is additional material for supervisors but I have not used this yet.