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New textbook on business research emphasises the role of the dissertation supervisor

13 May 2010

Dr Jonathan Wilson, an MA Marketing graduate from Westminster Business School, has released his new book Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project, with Sage Publications.

The book is a valuable resource for any student in a Business School doing a Research Methods course or doing a Research Project (Dissertation).  It is designed as a concise, student-friendly text that cuts through the jargon of research methods terminology to present a clear guide to the basics of methodology in a business and management context.

Now an academic at Anglia Ruskin University, Cambridge, Jonathan explains his motivation for writing the book: “Many students have commented to me that they would like to see a more concise research methods textbook. Ideally, something that contains essential cases and concepts, as opposed to a wide range of both business and student examples. In addition, students are often interested in the experiences of other students and the role of the dissertation supervisor. Therefore, this book aims to guide the student through the entire research process by using actual student case examples and explaining the role of the supervisor and how to meet their expectations. In some institutions the supervisor is also the first marker of the dissertation, so it is important for students to understand how to use their supervisor effectively as well as recognise the criteria they may use when marking the dissertation”.

 “Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project” contains a number of key features within the text, these include:

  • “You’re the Supervisor” sections – helps students to meet their learning outcomes;
  • “Common questions and answers” – provides students with an invaluable point of reference for some of the challenges they are likely to face while undertaking their research project;
  • Comprehensive section on ethical issues students need to consider when undertaking their research project;
  • A full student glossary.

The book is packed throughout with student-friendly features such as helpful diagrams, student case studies, chapter objectives, annotated further reading sections and summary and references at the end of each chapter. Finally, the text is accompanied by a companion website containing an array of material for lecturers and students including multiple choice questions to enable students to test their knowledge and progress.

Essentials of Business Research: A Guide to Doing Your Research Project is now available from and all good bookshops. Also available at our very own Marylebone Books Ltd:

University of Westminster
35 Marylebone Road
London NW1 5LS
Tel: 020 7911 5049

115 New Cavendish St
London W1W 6UW
Tel: 020 7915 5432

About Westminster Business School:

Westminster Business School, University of Westminster, is one of London’s leading centres for professional business education. The School offers a wide range of undergraduate, postgraduate and professional programmes, including the AMBA accredited MBA.

All of our degrees are professionally focused and prepare students for working in their chosen careers. Alongside our quality courses, students have opportunities to enhance their practical experience through internships, professional placements and study abroad. Our central London location provides strong links with the business and government communities enabling us to bring practitioners and experts into the classroom on a regular basis.

We have a diverse student population which reflects London’s demographic variety and every year we welcome hundreds of students from Asia, Australia, continental Europe and the United States. We also have visiting scholars and researchers from all over the world. Although we are a school with a strongly international outlook, we also offer a range of part-time qualifications for working professionals.

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