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LUBS5592M
Module Reading List

Research Methods and Practice for Consultants, 2021/22, Semester 1, 2
Yujie Hu
y.hu2@leeds.ac.uk
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Reading list LUBS5592M Research Methods and Practice for Consultants

Core Textbooks

These textbooks provide a good overview of the key themes and issues we shall deal with in the course. Many of the key readings are taken from these 5 textbooks.

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2015) Business Research Methods, 4th edition, Oxford University Press  

Easterby-Smith, M.,Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. R. and Jaspersen, L. J. (2018) Management and Business Research, 6th edition, Sage Publications.

Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2012) Research Methods for Managers (Fourth Edition), London: Paul Chapman.    

Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2015) Research Methods for Business Students (7th Edition), Pearson Education.

Edwards, M. and Edwards. K. (2016) Predictive HR Analytics: mastering the HR Metric. London/Philadelphia: Kogan Page.

The following textbooks are also useful to consult

Blaikie, N. (2010) Designing Social Research. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Polity Press Ltd.

Field, A. (2018) Discovering Statistics using SPSS. 5th Edition. Sage Publications.

Gilbert, N. and Stoneman, P. (2015) Researching Social Life. 4th Edition. Sage Publications.

Hakim, C. (2000) Research Design. 2nd Edition. London: Routledge.

May, T. (2011) Social Research: issues, methods and process. 4th edition. Maidenhead: Open University Press.

Remenyi, D. Williams, B. Money, A. and Swartz, W. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method, London: Sage.

Anderson, V. (2013) Research Methods in Human Resource Management. 3rd edition. London: CIPD.

 

Session 1: Why we do organisational research

Key readings

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, 3 rd edition, Chapter 2.

Easterby Smith, M. Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. and Lowe, A. (2008) Management Research, Sage Publications, Chapter 5.   

Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research methods for Managers (Fourth Edition), Chapter 9

Saunders, M. et al. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students (Fifth Edition), Chapter 5

Additional readings

Blaikie, N. (2000) Designing Social Research. Ch 2, 3 and 4 Chapter 2 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Blumberg et al. (2005) Business Research Methods. Ch 2, 3, 4 and 5

Burns, R. (2000) Introduction to research methods. Part 1.

Clark, J. and Causer, G. (1991) ‘Introduction: Research strategies and decision’, in Allen and Skinner (eds) Handbook for research students in the social sciences

Hakim, C. (2000) Research Design. Ch.1.

Jones, R.A. (1985/1996) Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mason, J. (2002) Qualitative Researching.

Remenyi et al. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method. Philosophy and research methods

 

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Session 2: The Ethics of Doing Research

Key readings

Bryman, A. And Bell, E. (2003) Business Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press [Chapter 25: Ethics in Business Research]

Easterby-Smith, M. Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2008)  Management Research  [Third Edition] London: Sage [Chapter 6: The politics and ethics of management research]

Saunders, M. Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (Eds.) (2009) Research Methods for Business Students, [Fifth Edition] Harlow: FT Prentice Hall [Chapter 6: Negotiating access and research ethics]

Additional readings

Beynon, H. (1988) ‘Regulating research: politics and decision making in industrial organizations’, in Bryman, A. (ed.)  Doing research in organizations, Routledge.

British Sociological Association (2002) Statement of ethical practice  Durham: BSA. https://www.britsoc.co.uk/media/24310/bsa_statement_of_ethical_practice.pdf

Celnick, A. (2000) ‘Ethics in the field’ in Burton, D. (ed.)  Research training for social scientists: a handbook for postgraduate researchers Sage.

Cutliffe, J. and Ramcharan, p. 2002. 'Levelling the playing field? Exploring the merits of the ethics-as-process approach for judging qualitative research proposals' Qualitative health research.  12(7): 1000-1010.

Guillemin M & Gillam L (2004) ‘Ethics, reflexivity and “ethically important moments” in research’ Qualitative inquiry.  10:261-280

Haggerty, K. 2004. 'Ethics creep: governing the social science researcher in the name of ethics' Qualitative research. 27(4): 391-414. 

Hammersley, M. (1995)  The politics of social research, Sage. (Ch.6)

Hammersley, M. (1997) 'A Reply to Humphries' Sociological research online.   vol. 2, no. 4,

Hammersley, M. 'Against the ethicists: on the evils of ethical regulation' International journal of social research methodology. 12(3): 211-26. 

Humphries, B. (1997) 'From Critical Thought to Emancipatory Action: Contradictory Research Goals? ', Sociological research online vol. 2, no. 1.

Kent, G. (2000) ‘Ethical Principles’, in Burton, D. [ed.]  Research training for social scientists: a handbook for postgraduate researchers, London: Sage.

May, T. (2001) Social Research: issues, methods and process  (Ch.3)

Remenyi, D. Williams, B. Money, A. and Swartz, W. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method, London, Sage [Chapter 13: Ethical Considerations]

Social Research Association – Ethical guidelines. http://the-sra.org.uk/research-ethics/ethics-guidelines/     

Taras, D. and Steel, P. (2007) 'We provoked business students to unionize: using deception to prove an IR point', British Journal of Industrial Relations.   45 (1): 179-198.

Wiles, R. 2013. What are qualitative research ethics?   London. Bloomsbury Academic.

 

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Session 3: A Systematic Literature Review

Key readings

Bell, J. (2018) Doing Your Research Project: A Guide for First-time Researchers. 7th eds. Chapter6-8. Core 

Briner, R. and Denyer, D. (2012) SYSTEMATIC REVIEW AND EVIDENCE SYNTHESIS AS A PRACTICE AND SCHOLARSHIP TOOL in Rousseau (Ed.) The Oxford Handbook of Evidence-Based Management: Companies, Classrooms, and Research. Oxford University Press  Core     

Fisch, C., & Block, J. (2018). Six tips for your (systematic) literature review in business and management research. Management Review Quarterly68(2), 103-106. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11301-018-0142-x

Hair, J., Celsi,M., Money, A., Samouel, P., & Page, M. (2016) Essentials of Business Research Methods, 3rd ed., Chapter 4. Core 

Saunders et al. (2009) ‘Critically reviewing the literature’ in Research Methods for Business Students.  Core 

Snyder, H. (2019) Literature review as a research methodology: An overview and guidelines, Journal of Business Research, 104, 333-339. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.039

Additional readings

Blaikie, N. (2010) Designing Social Research. 2nd edition. Cambridge: Polity Press Ltd.

Denyer D. & Tranfield D. (2009) Producing a litertature review, in Buchanan and Bryman (2009), SAGE Handbook of Organizational Research Methods (Chapter 39), SAGE Publications Ltd, London, England

Hart, C. (2018) Doing a literature review: Releasing the research imagination. 2nd eds. London: Sage.

Greenhalgh T, Peacock R. (2005), Effectiveness and efficiency of search methods in systematic reviews of complex evidence: audit of primary sources. BMJ. 331,1064-5.

Tranfield D., Denyer D. & Smart P. (2003) Towards a Methodology for Developing Evidence-Informed Management Knowledge by Means of Systematic Review, British Journal of Management, Volume 14 : 207-222

Wallace M. and Wray A. (2006) Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates, London: Sage Publications Ltd.

 

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Session 4: Participant Observation and Ethnography

Key readings

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, 3 rd edition, Chapter 17.

Easterby Smith, M. Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. and Lowe, A. (2008) Management Research Sage Publications, Chapter 7 and 8

Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research methods for Managers (Fourth Edition), Chapter 7

Saunders, M. et al. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students (Fifth Edition), Chapter 9

Additional readings

Burgess, R. (1984) In the Field: an introduction to field research.

Cunliffe, A.L. 2010. 'Retelling Tales of the Field: In Search of Organizational Ethnography 20 Years On' Organizational research methods 13(2): pp. 224-239.

Cunliffe, A. L. and Kurananyake, G. 2013. 'Working Within Hyphen-Spaces in Ethnographic Research: Implications for Research Identities and Practice' Organizational research methods 16(3): 364-392.

Fetterman, D. (1998) Ethnography: Step by Step. Second edition.

Fielding, N. (1993) ‘Ethnography’ in N. Gilbert (ed) Researching Social Life

Grills, S. (1998) Doing ethnographic research: fieldwork settings.

Gold (1958) ‘Roles in sociological field observations’, Social Forces., 36, 3: 217-223.

Hobbs, D. and May, T. (1993) Interpreting the field: accounts of ethnography.

Hammersley, M. (1998) Reading Ethnographic Research. Second Edition.

Hammersley, M. and Atkinson, P.(eds) (1985) Ethnography: Principles in Practice

Norris, C. (1993) ‘Some ethical considerations on field-work with the police’, in Hobbs, D. and May, T. (1993) Interpreting the field: accounts of ethnographyAvailable as Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Punch, M. (1979) Policing the Inner City. London: MacMillan.

Punch, M. (1993) ‘Observation and the police’, in M. Hammersley (Ed.) Social research: philosophy, politics and practiceAvailable as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Robson, C. (2002) Real World Research.

Spicker, P. 2011. 'Ethical covert research' Sociology. 45(1): 118-133.

Van Maanen, J. (1988) Tales of the field: on writing ethnography.

Whitfield, K. and Strauss, G. (1998) Researching the world of work: strategies and methods in studying industrial relations. Chs 7 and 8.

Zickar, M.J. and Carter, N.T. 2010. Reconnecting With the Spirit of Workplace Ethnography: A Historical Review. Organizational research methods 13(2): 304-319.

Madden, R. (2017) Being ethnographic : a guide to the theory and practice of ethnography. 2nd edition. London: Sage.

 

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Session 5: Interviews and qualitative analysis

Key readings

Bryman, A. And Bell, E. (2010) Business Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press [Chapter 18, 20, 22, 23]

Easterby-Smith, M. Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2008) Management Research, [Third Edition] London: Sage [Chapter 7 and Chapter 8]

Saunders, M. Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (Eds.) (2009) Research Methods for Business Students, [Fifth Edition] Harlow: FT Prentice Hall [Chapter 10 and Chapter 13)

Additional readings

Brenner, M, Brown, J & Canter, D (eds.) (1985)  The Research interview: uses and approaches

Mason, J. (2002)  Qualitative Researching.

Blaikie, N. (2000) Designing Social Research Ch 6 (on case studies).

Finch, J. (1993) ‘It’s great to have someone to talk to: ethics and politics of interviewing women’, in M. Hammersley (Ed.)  Social research: philosophy, politics and practice.

Fontana, A. and Frey, J. (1994) ‘Interviewing’, in Denzin, N. (ed.)  Handbook of qualitative research.

Gorden, R.L. (1980)  Interviewing: strategy, techniques, and tactics

Hakim, C. (2000) Research Design  Chs.3 & 5.

Mason, J. (2002)  Qualitative Researching.

May, T. (2001) Social Research: issues, methods and process  Ch. 6

Whitfield, K. and Strauss, G. (1998)  Researching the world of work: strategies and methods in studying industrial relations. Chs. 3 and 6. Chapter 3 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Session 6: DISSERTATION WORKSHOP 

Come having read some readings relevant to your dissertation and some ideas of how you may carry them out. 

 

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Session 6: Quantitative Research I

Key readings

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, 3 rd edition, Chapter 6, 9, and 10. 

Easterby Smith, M. Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. and Lowe, A. (2008) Management Research, Sage Publications, Chapter 8 and 9.

Edwards, M. and Edwards. K. (2016) Predictive HR Analytics: mastering the HR Metric. London/Philadelphia: Kogan Page, Chapter 5 and 7.

Saunders, M. et al. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students (Fifth Edition), Chapter 7 and 11

Additional readings

Aldridge, A. and Levine, K. (2001) Surveying the social world: principles and practice in survey research. Ch.4. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Arber, S. (2001) ‘Designing samples’, in N. Gilbert (ed.) (2001) Researching Social Life.

Babbie, E. (1990) Survey research methods

Baker, T. (1994) Doing Social Research chapter 7.

Belson, W.A. (1981) The design and understanding of survey questions.

Blumberg, B. et al. (2005) Business Research Methods. Ch 7

Burton, D. (2000) Research training for social scientists: a handbook for postgraduate researchers, Ch. 23.

Converse, J.M. & Presser, S. (1986) Survey questions: handcrafting the standardized questionnaire

Hair, J. et al. (2003) Essentials of business research methods. Ch.7. Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Hakim, C. (2000) Research Design. Chs. 6, 7& 8.

Kidder, L. and Judd, C. (1986) Research Methods in Social Relations. Ch 6 & 7. Chapter 6 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

May, T. (2001) Social Research: issues, methods and process. Ch.5.

Marsh, C. (1982) The survey method: the contribution of surveys to sociological explanation

Moser, C.& Kalton, G. (1971) Survey Methods in Social Investigation

Newell, R. (1993) ‘Questionnaires’, in N. Gilbert (Ed.) Researching Social Life

Remenyi et al. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method. Chs. 9 and 11.

Sapsford, R (1999) Survey Research.

Schuman, H.& Presser, (1981) Questions and Answers in Attitude Surveys

 

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Session 7: Quantitative Research II

Key readings

Bryman, A. And Bell, E. (2003) Business Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapters 14-15.

Easterby-Smith, M. Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2008) Management Research, [Third Edition] London: Sage, Chapters 9-11.

Saunders, M. Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (Eds.) (2009 ) Research Methods for Business Students, [Fifth Edition] Harlow: FT Prentice Hall, Chapters 11 and 12

Edwards, M. and Edwards. K. (2016) Predictive HR Analytics: mastering the HR Metric. London/Philadelphia: Kogan Page, Chapters 1 and 3.

Additional readings

Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd Edition, Sage.

Fielding, J. and Gilbert, N. (2000) Understanding Social Statistics.

Rowntree, D. (1991) Statistics Without Tears. (a very basic, but very good, introduction)

 

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Session 8: Quantitative Research III

Key readings

Bryman, A. And Bell, E. (2003) Business Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press, Chapters 14-15.

Easterby-Smith, M. Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P. (2008) Management Research, [Third Edition] London: Sage, Chapters 9-11.

Saunders, M. Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (Eds.) (2009 ) Research Methods for Business Students, [Fifth Edition] Harlow: FT Prentice Hall, Chapters 11 and 12

Edwards, M. and Edwards. K. (2016) Predictive HR Analytics: mastering the HR Metric. London/Philadelphia: Kogan Page, Chapters 1 and 3.

Additional readings

Field, A. (2009) Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 3rd Edition, Sage.

Fielding, J. and Gilbert, N. (2000) Understanding Social Statistics.

Rowntree, D. (1991) Statistics Without Tears. (a very basic, but very good, introduction)

 

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Session 9: Designing a Research Project

Key readings

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, 3 rd edition, Chapter 2. Core   

Easterby Smith, M. Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. and Lowe, A. (2008) Management Research, Sage Publications, Chapter 5. Core   

Gill, J. and Johnson, P. (2010) Research methods for Managers (Fourth Edition), Chapter 1 and 2.

Saunders, M. et al. (2009) Research Methods for Business Students (Fifth Edition), Chapter 5.

Additional readings

Blaikie, N. (2000) Designing Social Research. Ch 2, 3 and 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva Chapter 2 available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Blumberg et al. (2005) Business Research Methods. Ch 2, 3, 4 and 5

Burns, R. (2000) Introduction to research methods. Part 1.

Clark, J. and Causer, G. (1991) ‘Introduction: Research strategies and decision’, in Allen and Skinner (eds) Handbook for research students in the social sciences EBook available

Hakim, C. (2000) Research Design. Ch.1.

Jones, R.A. (1985/1996) Research Methods in the Social and Behavioral Sciences

Mason, J. (2002) Qualitative Researching.

Remenyi et al. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method. Philosophy and research methods

 

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Session 10: Research Philosophies

Key readings  

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2011) Business Research Methods, Oxford: Oxford University Press [Chapter 1 )

Easterby Smith, M. Thorpe, R., Jackson, P. and Lowe, A. (2008) Management Research, Sage Publications, Chapter 4

Gill, J. And Johnson, P. (2002) Research methods for Managers, [Third Edition] London: Sage. [Chapter 9: Making methodological choices: The philosophical basis]

McLachlan, C. and Garcia, R. 2015. 'Philosophy in practice? Doctoral struggles with ontology and subjectivity in qualitative interviewing'  Management learning. 46(2) 195–210.

Saunders, M. Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (Eds.) (2009) Research Methods for Business Students, [Fifth Edition] Harlow: FT Prentice Hall [Chapter 4: Understanding Research Philosophies and Approaches].

Additional readings

Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2009) Business Research: A practical guide for undergraduate and postgraduate students, Basingstoke: Palgrave MacMillan

Hammersley, M. (1995) The politics of social research

Jenkins, R. (2002) Foundations of sociology: towards a better understanding of the human world Intro, Ch 1 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

May, T. (2001) Social Research: issues methods and process (Third edition), Chapter 2

Remenyi, D. Williams, B. Money, A. and Swartz, W. (1998) Doing research in business and management: an introduction to process and method, London, Sage [Chapter 2: Philosophical background to research] Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Readings on Realist research

Ackroyd S and Fleetwood S (2000) Realist perspectives on management and organisations, (Routledge: London and New York)

 Alvesson and Skoldberg, (2000) Reflexive methodology: new vistas for qualitative research Ch 4 Available as an Online Course Reading in Minerva.

Fleetwood S and Ackroyd S, (2004), Critical realist applications in organisation and management studies, (Routledge: London and New York).

Sayer, A. (1993) Method in Social Science: A realist approach

Readings on Feminist methodology

Eichler, M. (1988) Nonsexist Research Methods

Harding, S. (ed) (1987) Feminism and methodology: social science issues

Mies, M. (1983) Towards a Methodology for Feminist Research (reprinted in Hammersley, M 1993, Social research: philosophy, politics and practice )

Reinharz, S. (ed) (1992) Feminist methods in social research. (a useful, varied edited collection)

Stanley, L. and Wise, S. (1993) Breaking out again: feminist ontology and epistemology.

 

 

This list was last updated on 27/01/2021