About the Author(s)
Emma Bell, Professor of Organisation Studies, The Open University, Alan Bryman, Professor of Organizational and Social Research, Formerly of The University of Leicester, and Bill Harley, Professor of Management, The University of Melbourne
Emma Bell is Professor of Organisation Studies at the Open University, UK. She has an enduring interest in methods and methodological issues and has published widely in this area. Emma is a past Co-Chair of the Critical Management Studies Division of the Academy of Management, current joint Vice-Chair of Research and
Publications, British Academy of Management, and joint Editor-in-Chief of Management Learning.
Alan Bryman was Professor of Organizational and Social Research at the University of Leicester from 2005 to 2017. Prior to this he was Professor of Social Research at Loughborough University for thirty-one years. His main research interests were in leadership, especially in higher education, research methods (particularly mixed methods research), and the 'Disneyization' and 'McDonaldization' of modern society. Alan was also the author of the bestselling textbook Social Research Methods (Oxford University Press, 2015) as well as contributing to a range of leading journals: he was an extraordinarily well-cited and internationally renowned social
Bill Harley is Professor of Management in the Department of Management and Marketing at The University of Melbourne. Bill's academic research has been motivated by an abiding interest in the centrality of work to human life. His work has been published in journals including the British Journal of Industrial Relations, Journal of Management Studies, Industrial Relations, and Work Employment and Society. Bill was previously General Editor of Journal of Management Studies and is currently on the editorial boards of the same journal, as well as Academy of Management Learning and Education and Human Relations.
"Undeniably the gold standard textbook in research methods" - Dr Charlotte Smith, University of Leicester
"The perfect book for students starting a dissertation or first research project" - Dr Jorge Gutic, University of Chichester Business School
The book is accompanied by a suite of online resources that include:
Multiple choice questions
Research Project guide
Interviews with students
Using Excel in data analysis (in Excel)
Figures and plates from the text
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