Designing and Managing a Research Project: A Business Student’s Guide is a practical, step-by-step guide that shows business students how to successfully conduct a research project, from choosing the topic to presenting the results. The authors have applied their many years of experience in supervising student projects to provide examples of actual research problems and to offer practical solutions. The inclusion of topics such as supervision, group work and ethics, and both qualitative and quantitative data analysis, along with examples from real student research provide a unique perspective. The new Fourth Edition includes broader types of student project examples, such as an Economics thesis, additional international business cases, increased coverage of Questionnaire Design and Institutional Review Boards, and an integrated case throughout the book on “High Performance Shoes” with supporting materials and data. Additional resources including case studies, PowerPoint slides, and test bank are available on the authors’ website at!

Group Work, Group Dynamics, and the Role of Conflict1

“I learned how to communicate with group members and how to do group work together. In this work, our group members had heated discussion and put forward many constructive proposals. Also, we learned how to allocate work, how to reconcile contradictions and how to choose the right plan and so on. If the division of labor is not good, or there are communication barriers, it will cause a decline in the quality of work.”

Business Student

This chapter will discuss one of the more difficult aspects of student research: the complexities of working in groups. Its contents may be of benefit to you in many research and non-research courses throughout your degree particularly if those courses involve ...

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