From choosing a supervisor and topic to staying motivated, completing a research thesis is not an easy matter. Each stage represents a different challenge and many students struggle through without identifying the skills needed to make the most of their time.
This wonderful resource for all doctoral and masters level students, explores the challenges and complexities of successfully engaging in the research process and thesis writing. Chapters include:
- choosing and working with a supervisor
- developing a research proposal
- motivating yourself
- choosing the right research method
- responding to criticism
- advice from the examiners
- preparing work for publication.
This clear and practical guide, ideal for all doctoral and masters level students, takes readers from the very early stages of the process through to the final phase of examination and publication, using vignette examples to highlight key issues.
Table of Contents
1. Is a Thesis Right for You? 2. An International Perspective on Theses 3. Cross-Cultural Issues 4. Choosing a Topic/Supervisor 5. Ethical Issues during Candidacy 6. Developing a Research Proposal 7. The Literature Review 8. Qualitative Analysis 9. Quantitative Analysis 10. Motivating Yourself 11. Writing the Thesis 12. Responding to Criticisms 13. Advice from the Examiners 14. Preparing your Work for Publication 15. Common Problems and Potential Solutions 16. Resources for Thesis Writing
Suzan Burton is a Senior Lecturer in Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University.
Peter Steane is Professor of Management at the Macquarie Graduate School of Management, Macquarie University.
'Beginning a PhD is quite unlike anything students may have done before. This well organized text clearly sets out the key issues they need to consider and will help them develop the "thesis survival skills" they need.' - Ewan Ferlie, School of Management, Royal Holloway University, London, UK