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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.

15 Series Titles

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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 26, 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....

Operations Management A Research Overview

Operations Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Michael A. Lewis
December 03, 2019

Operations Management (OM) is a multi-faceted blend of myriad academic andpractical disciplines – from engineering and economics via mathematics and marketing, to systems and psychology. To capture the state of the art, the bookreviews contemporary and classic scholarship in one of the oldest ...

Employee Engagement A Research Overview

Employee Engagement: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Brad Shuck
September 10, 2019

The field of employee engagement has experienced unprecedented growth over the last three decades. Despite remarkable progress in both practice and scholarship, there remains tremendous confusion about what employee engagement is, what it means, and how organizations can take proactive steps to ...

Management and Organizational History A Research Overview

Management and Organizational History: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Albert J. Mills, Milorad M. Novicevic
August 20, 2019

Management and organizational history has grown into an established field of research with competing and contrasting approaches and methods that are relevant for management and organization studies. This short-form book provides readers with expert insights on intellectual interventions in ...

Strategic Risk Management A Research Overview

Strategic Risk Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Torben Juul Andersen, Johanna Sax
August 13, 2019

Organizations face challenges in adapting their current business and operational activities to dynamic contexts. Successful companies share a common characteristic of dealing with the emergent risks and threats in responses that generate viable solutions. Strategic risk management (SRM) is a ...

Network Industries A Research Overview

Network Industries: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Matthias Finger
July 10, 2019

The unique challenges associated with understanding network industries requires insights from a range of disciplinary perspectives, namely economics, engineering, law, and political science. This book analyzes the de- and re-regulation of the network industries and the regulatory challenges these ...

Flexible Working in Organisations A Research Overview

Flexible Working in Organisations: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Clare Kelliher, Lilian M. de Menezes
May 08, 2019

There is growing interest in flexible working, not only as a means to manage labour more efficiently and for greater agility, but also as a response to increasing concerns over well-being, work-life balance, and participation in the labour force of those with significant non-work commitments (e.g. ...

Strategic Human Resource Management A Research Overview

Strategic Human Resource Management: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By John Storey, Dave Ulrich, Patrick M. Wright
March 26, 2019

The field of Strategic Human Resource Management (SHRM) has burgeoned over the past thirty years. Over this time there has been a shift towards a strategic conception which posited workers as ‘assets’ rather than ‘costs’. These ‘human resources’ were reconceptualised as a key source of competitive ...

Business Models A Research Overview

Business Models: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By Christian Nielsen, Morten Lund, Marco Montemari, Francesco Paolone, Maurizio Massaro, John Dumay
November 06, 2018

The growing body of research on business models draws upon a range of sub-disciplines, including strategic management, entrepreneurship, organization studies and management accounting. Business Models: A Research Overview provides a research map for business scholars, incorporating theoretical and ...

Mergers and Acquisitions A Research Overview

Mergers and Acquisitions: A Research Overview

1st Edition

By David R. King, Florian Bauer, Svante Schriber
November 06, 2018

The process of identifying and evaluating a target firm, completing a deal after its negotiation and announcement, and then integrating a target firm after legal combination is a multi-year process with uncertain returns to acquiring firms. Research on mergers and acquisitions (M&As) is ...

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