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Business Research (4th Edition)

A Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students

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Red Globe Press

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Paperback - 9780230301832

27 December 2013

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Now in its fourth edition, this is a hands-on and straightforward core textbook in business research methods. Combining a clear and succinct style with a beautifully presented text design, this textbook delivers the...

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Now in its fourth edition, this is a hands-on and straightforward core textbook in business research methods. Combining a clear and succinct style with a beautifully presented text design, this textbook delivers the fundamentals of business research in a highly accessible manner.  It provides balanced coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods and supports students throughout the entire process of business research, from reviewing the literature to writing up results. Practical advice is combined with strong academic rigour to provide students with a comprehensive grounding in research methods. In this way, they can decide on the most efficient and appropriate way of collecting, analysing and presenting data. Written by a highly experienced author team, Business Research will be an essential resource for students taking modules in research methods on undergraduate, postgraduate and MBA courses. The user-friendliness of the book also makes it highly suitable for independent study. 

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  • Clear writing style enables students to get to grips with challenging theoretical concepts
  • Popular troubleshooting section examines common challenges and helps students to resolve problems quickly
  • Companion website provides a range of resources to support lecturers and students, including checklists, quizzes, tests and videos
  • Examples from published research studies detail successful projects
  • Attractive 2 colour design with in-built pedagogical features creates an engaging learning experience   
  • Practical activities promote reflective learning and can be used for independent study or group work





  • Revised and restructured content to provide detailed, balanced coverage of both quantitative and qualitative methods
  • New vox pop feature brings theory to life, sharing the experiences of student researchers
  • Expanded discussion of research ethics to reflect contemporary concerns and practices







1. Understanding Research
2. Dealing with Practical Issues
3. Identifying your Paradigm
4. Designing the Research
5. Searching and Reviewing the Literature
6. Writing your Research Proposal
7. Collecting Qualitative Data
8. Analysing Qualitative Data
9. Integrated Qualitative Data Techniques
10. Collecting Data for Statistical Analysis
11. Analysing Data Using Descriptive Statistics
12. Analysing Data Using Inferential Statistics
13. Writing up the Research
14. Troubleshooting.
  • Checklists, guidelines and procedures to help students through their research projects
  • Interactive progress tests to aid understanding of each chapter
  • Self-assessment and troubleshooting quizzes
  • Videos by the author and students
Visit the companion website at https://www.macmillanihe.com/companion/Collis-Business-Research-4e or click through from under Further Actions above. 

Lecturer Resources (password protected) include:

  • Answers to progress tests
  • Examples of assessment criteria
  • Figures and tables
  • PowerPoint lecture slides and handouts
  • Suggested lecture programmes
    This new edition is nicely laid out and an easy text for both students and researchers to follow. The detailed chapters on both qualitative data analysis and basic statistical analysis mean this text has strengths over other research methods texts on the market which often focus on one or the other, making this text good value for money. – Kristel Miller, Queen’s University Management School, Belfast, UK
    One of the best Research Methods texts available. It is well structured and takes students through the “maze” of research methods, making what is often a new and challenging subject highly accessible. This fourth edition will be a valuable resource to all research students at whatever level. Its strong student focus makes it stand out, and the end of chapter activities and online resources provide a wealth of support for students embarking on research. A pleasure to review and read. – Jan Rae, London South Bank University, UK
    I am impressed by both the range of subjects the book covers and the simple clarity of the explanations it provides. It is never easy introducing students to more abstract ideas of how science relates to the practical world of business, and this book will be an excellent aid in helping students move from descriptive to analytical writing. – John McCormack, University of Bristol, UK
    Collis and Hussey lead us through the research maze in an uncomplicated manner. The textbook is easy to follow and provides a clear and logical exposition of complex theoretical and practical research related concepts; it also stimulates interest in business research by encouraging further reading … Particularly useful to students are the guidelines on preparing a research proposal and the advice provided on troubleshooting. – Lynette Louw, Rhodes University, South Africa
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    Jill Collis is Director, Accounting and Auditing Research Centre, Brunel University, UK. She has published several books on accounting and research methods and her writing reflects her experience as a mature student. She is a very active researcher and lectures worldwide.

    Roger Hussey is Dean of Guangzhou International Business School, China. After a career in industry, he became Director of Research into Employee Communications at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, UK, and later held a chair at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has written many books and articles on accounting. His main research interests are international accounting and corporate governance.



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    Jill Collis is Director, Accounting and Auditing Research Centre, Brunel University, UK. She has published several books on accounting and research methods and her writing reflects her experience as a mature student. She is a very active researcher and lectures worldwide.

    Roger Hussey is Dean of Guangzhou International Business School, China. After a career in industry, he became Director of Research into Employee Communications at St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, UK, and later held a chair at the University of the West of England, Bristol. He has written many books and articles on accounting. His main research interests are international accounting and corporate governance.



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