Research Methods for Business Students, 5th edition

By Mark N.K. Saunders, et al.
Pearson Education
Distributed by Trans-Atlantic Publications Inc.
August 2009
ISBN: 9780273716860
656 Pages
$119.00 Paper Original


A comprehensive introduction to research methods in business for students planning or undertaking a dissertation or extensive research project in business and management.

The fifth edition of Research Methods for Business Students brings the theory, philosophy and techniques of research to life and enables students to understand the practical relevance of the research methods. A highly accessible style and logical structure have made this the ‘student choice’ and run-away market leader.

The book is written for students on undergraduate and postgraduate degree programmes in business, or business-related disciplines.

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How to use this book

Guided tour



1  The nature of business and management research and structure of this book

2  Formulating and clarifying the research topic

3  Critically reviewing the literature

4  Understanding research philosophies and approaches

5  Formulating the research design

6  Negotiating access and research ethics

7  Selecting samples

8  Using secondary data

9  Collecting primary data through observation

10  Collecting primary data using semi-structured, in-depth and group interviews

11  Collecting primary data using questionnaires

12  Analysing quantitative data

13  Analysing qualitative data

14  Writing and presenting your project report




Features Author

Mark Saundersis Professor of Business Research Methods at School of Management, University of Surrey. Philip Lewis and Adrian Thornhill are former Principal Lecturers, Gloucestershire Business School, University of Gloucestershire.

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