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CHAPTER 2 The Ingredients of Successful Research MANAGEMENT RESEARCH Third Edition, 2008 Prof. M. Easterby-Smith, Prof. R. Thorpe, Prof. Paul R. Jackson
Learning Objectives To gain insights into factors that affect the relative success of doing research. To appreciate the need for a focus from the outset of any research project. To consider a number of issues that will assist in getting the research started.
The Ingredients of Successful Management Research Motivation and Interest Support and Supervision Style and Creativity Personal Qualities and Skills
Motivations for Doing Management Research To make a contribution to knowledge As a vehicle for learning As basis for personal growth and advancement As means of enhancing managerial skills, or To develop a new research methodology
Support & Supervision for Management Research Support is important because the process of doing research can be tough Support can be offered by: Supervisors ‘Support Set’ of Colleagues Conferences/The Wider Research Community Practitioners
Style and Creativity It is important that your research is both of good quality and is original Aspects that reflect how an original contribution might be gained: Blind Luck - Chance Being in Motion –continuous focused interest Having a Prepared Mind –being aware & ready to see new relationships & solutions when they appear Individualized Action – Maintaining personal interests that may cross disciplinary boundaries
Style and Creativity Weick’s ‘Disciplined Imagination’: Structuring One’s Creative Thinking in such a way that both orders Initial Theorizing ad Stimulates Theory Building in Preparation for the Conduct of the Investigation
3 Further Characteristics of Good Research: Based on an Open System of Thought – acceptant of new ideas and open to criticism from others Examines Data Critically Providing the logic of the relationship between data analysis and findings from which Conclusions are drawn Generalizability –the research has a wider relevance for theory and for practice (Source: Philips & Pugh, 2005)
Personal Skills and Qualities Doing Research requires a mix of Research Skills which can be learned and developed For example by doing SPSS or NVivo courses or practising doing interviews Personal Qualities Can be obtained through life experiences, exchanging experiences with others going through the PhD process, and reflecting on strengths and weaknesses
Getting Started Define the Area of Interest Undertake a Review of the Literature on Previous Research in Relevant Areas Find a Clear Focus in the Research as soon as possible Find (Preliminary) Data to start working with
Further Readings Cryer, P. (2000) The Research Student’s Guide to Success. Buckingham: Open University Press. Marshall, S. and Green, N. (2007) Your PhD Companion: A Handy Mix of Practical Tips, Sound Advice and Helpful Commentary to see you through your PhD, 2nd edn. Oxford: Cromwell Press. Rugg, G. and Petre, M. (2004) The Unwritten Rules of PhD Research. Maidenhead: Open University Press. Weick, K. E. (2001) Theory Construction as Disciplined Imagination, Academy of Management Review, 14 (4): 516-31.