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Mikael Sundström

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How Not to Write a Thesis or Dissertation

A Guide to Success through Failure

Mikael Sundström

If you thought a book about thesis writing would make for wearisome reading, think again! In seven entertaining and enlightening chapters, Mikael Sundström sheds light on the trials and tribulations of academic writing, offering guidance on how to become a doyen of academic disaster – and, more importantly, how to avoid that fate.
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Mikael Sundström

In this introductory chapter, the aims and ambitions of the book are set out and explained.

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Mikael Sundström

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How to Make your Doctoral Research Relevant

Insights and Strategies for the Modern Research Environment

Edited by Friederike Welter and David Urbano

Everyone wants their research to be read and to be relevant. This exciting new guide presents a broad range of ideas for enhancing research impact and relevance. Bringing together researchers from all stages of academic life, it offers a far-reaching discussion of strategies to optimise relevancy in the modern research environment.
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How to Conduct a Practice-based Study

Problems and Methods, Second Edition

Silvia Gherardi

Practice-based approaches to knowing, learning, innovating, and managing have thrived in recent years. Calling upon numerous narratives from a range of research fields, the author offers insight into the many possibilities of practice research, highlighting the inextricable links between humans and technology as the key emergent trend in management studies. Developing an innovative posthumanist approach, this novel book offers a useful and insightful compass for the navigation of practice-based studies through the lens of exemplar vignettes from internationally acclaimed researchers.
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Kenneth Cafferkey

This chapter addresses some of the practical implications involved in conducting case study research including finding a suitable research question, negotiating access, and gaining participation. The chapter also delves into the less spoken of area of interference in the research while finishing with a discussion on the project management aspect of case research to ensure the research is kept on track. Each section provides a ‘lessons learned’ section providing practical advice for case researchers.

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Sameer Qaiyum and Catherine L. Wang

Quantitative research requires considerable insights into theory, methods and reality. This chapter illustrates how a doctoral project using quantitative methods unfolds, from designing research taking into account complex relationships and selecting data collection techniques to optimise reliability, validity and generalisability, to using sophisticated software for data analysis and testing hypotheses.

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Kate L. Daunt and Aoife M. McDermott

Writing for publication is an essential part of a successful research career, yet the practicalities of managing authorship decisions and relationships can be tricky. This chapter aims to shed light on this little-discussed topic and draws on formal guidelines and anecdotal evidence to outline a number of different approaches to authorship choices and arrangements. In doing so, the themes of expectations, obligations, accountability and integrity are considered (as well as the benefits of having a surname beginning with the letter A!)