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Researching and Writing a Dissertation

Researching and Writing a Dissertation

An essential guide for business students
3rd Edition

Colin Fisher

Jan 2010, Paperback, 448 pages
ISBN13: 9780273723431
ISBN10: 027372343X
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Researching and Writing your Dissertation is an essential guide for students undertaking research projects as part of a postgraduate qualification in business or management. Seven accessible chapters guide the reader through the process from choosing a topic, to gathering and analysing data, and finally writing and presenting the results.

This book is ideal for students who may not be taking a taught and assessed module in research methods, but are undertaking management research for the first time and will benefit from guidance on the process, from start to finish.


  1. Choosing a Topic and Designing the Project
  2. Writing a Critical Literature Review
  3. Concepts, Conceptual Frameworks and Theories
  4. Collecting and Analysing Research Material
  5. Interpreting the Research Material
  6. Framing Arguments and Writing Up
  7. Using Software for Research

  • Examples and cases throughout, to illustrate good practice.
  • Focus on use of internet and technology (e.g. online surveys etc) in research.
  • Chapter 7 – full chapter with guidance and screenshots on using software packages (e.g. Excel) to analyse quantitative data.
  • Chapter 0 – making the most of the book and how to use it alongside a research project

Colin Fisher is Professor of Business Ethics at Nottingham Trent University, Nottingham.