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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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The Art of Mooting

Theories, Principles and Practice

Mark Thomas and Lucy Cradduck

This book examines the theories relevant to the development of skills necessary for effective participation in competition moots. By consideration of underlying theories the authors develop unique models of the skills of the cognitive, psychomotor and affective domains and effective team dynamics; and emphasise the importance of written submissions. The authors use this analysis to develop a unique integrated model that informs the process of coaching moot teams according to reliable principles.
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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!)

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Qian Yi Lee

Data collection, internal politics, power, timing. This chapter tells the experience of arriving to interview a senior manager who also brought a subordinate to the interview. All previous interviews in the project were one-to-one interviews, not one-to-two, particularly not with such a display of internal politics and power differentials.

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Mark N.K. Saunders

In this vignette I consider the trial drafting and re-drafting of an academic article prior to publication. In it I reveal the process that a colleague and I, even though we are seasoned academics, needed to engage in to ensure that our work meets the standards required by academic journals.

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Mark N.K. Saunders and David E. Gray

While the issue of gaining access to survey respondents is often considered in the research methods literature, the focus is usually on gaining cognitive access within a single organisation. In this chapter, based on our own experiences of conducting a UK national survey, we focus on difficulties associated with gaining physical access to respondents holding a particular role in a large number of organisations. Based on the challenges we eventually overcame, we make a number of key recommendations for researchers.