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State of the Art in Business Research

About the Series

Advances in theory, methods and applied knowledge alongside structural changes in the global economic ecosystem, present researchers with challenges in seeking to stay abreast of their fields and navigate new scholarly terrains.

This series presents shortform books which provide an expert map to guide readers through new and rapidly evolving areas of research. Each title will provide an overview of the area, a guide to the key literature along with  time-saving summaries of how theory interacts with practice.

As a collection, these books provide a library of theoretical and conceptual insights into business research. Each book contributes to an understanding of the state of the art, as a foundation stone for a new generation of research.

24 Series Titles

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Business History A Research Overview

Business History: A Research Overview

1st Edition


By John F. Wilson, Ian G. Jones, Steven Toms, Anna Tilba, Emily Buchnea, Nicholas Wong
January 21, 2022

The evolution of business history offers some radical ways forward for a discipline which is rich in potential. This shortform book offers an expert overview of how the field has relevance for contemporary business studies as well as the social sciences more broadly, as well as practitioners ...

Remote Working A Research Overview

Remote Working: A Research Overview

1st Edition


By Alan Felstead
January 14, 2022

The coronavirus pandemic forced work back into the home on a massive scale. The long-held belief that work and home are separate spheres of economic life was turned on its head overnight. Many employees were new to this way of working and many employers had to manage a disparate workforce for the ...

Gossip, Organization and Work A Research Overview

Gossip, Organization and Work: A Research Overview

1st Edition


By Kathryn Waddington
December 31, 2021

The premise of this book is that research into gossip, organization, and work is an important idea whose time has come. A key feature of the book is the inclusion of ‘practice points’ showing how – and where – theory and/or research intersect with practice, and vice versa. They are intended as ...

Managing Decline A Research Overview

Managing Decline: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Antti Sihvonen, Juha-Antti Lamberg, Henrikki Tikkanen
November 12, 2021

A growing body of literature in the area of business administration has focused on the phenomenon of decline. These studies span multiple levels of analysis and draws on a range of disciplines, including strategic management, economics, and economic geography.   Managing Decline: A Research ...

Organizing Corporeal Ethics A Research Overview

Organizing Corporeal Ethics: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Alison Pullen, Carl Rhodes
October 19, 2021

This book explores the meaning and practice of corporeal ethics in organized life. Corporeal ethics originates from an emergent, embodied, and affective experience with others that precedes and exceeds those rational schemes that seek to regulate it. Pullen and Rhodes show how corporeal ethics is ...

Work in the Gig Economy A Research Overview

Work in the Gig Economy: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By James Duggan, Anthony McDonnell, Ultan Sherman, Ronan Carbery
July 02, 2021

Throughout the last decade, the ‘gig economy’ has emerged as one of the most significant developments in the world of work. As a novel, hyper-flexible form of labour, gig work features a uniquely fragmented working arrangement wherein independent workers partner with digital platform organisations ...

Philosophy and Management Studies A Research Overview

Philosophy and Management Studies: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Raza Mir, Michelle Greenwood
June 25, 2021

Irrespective of whether one thinks of philosophy explicitly, each organizational researcher is a philosopher. A philosophical position is predicated on a variety of approaches relating to ontology, epistemology, methodology, ethics, and political positions. Depending on where one stands with regard...

Public Management A Research Overview

Public Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Tom Entwistle
June 21, 2021

Public Management: A Research Overview provides a structured survey of the state of the art of public management research. Looking at the enduring themes of bureaucracy, autonomy, markets and collaboration, each chapter introduces key foundational studies before reviewing contemporary research. ...

Language, Translation and Management Knowledge A Research Overview

Language, Translation and Management Knowledge: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Susanne Tietze
June 04, 2021

The book provides insights, description and analysis over the knowledge production process within business, organization, and management research. Importantly, it does so from a language and translation perspective. It critically engages with the role of English in this process and provides ...

Talent Management A Research Overview

Talent Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Anthony McDonnell, Sharna Wiblen
December 23, 2020

Talent management is a central element of managerial discourse and organisational practice. This short-form book provides a succinct overview on the state of research on talent management. The authors set out the key themes, arguments, trends and future research trajectories of talent management, ...

Management Gurus A Research Overview

Management Gurus: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By David Collins
July 09, 2020

Building upon decades of research, this shortform book distils the rise of management’s gurus. The author analyses the economic and political changes which facilitated the rise of this new group and offers reflections on the controversies around the development of ‘guru theory’ (a reasonably stable...

Work and Stress A Research Overview

Work and Stress: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Philip Dewe, Cary L Cooper
May 28, 2020

Stress is a leading cause of ill health in the workplace. This shortform book analyses, summarizes and contextualises research around stress at work. The book begins by exploring the impact and challenges of technology and the challenging and changing contours and boundaries of the nature of work....

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