Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

Writing a Research Proposal - Practical Guidelines for Business Students: A Book Review

Academic journal article Electronic Journal of Business Research Methods

Writing a Research Proposal - Practical Guidelines for Business Students: A Book Review

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Writing a Research Proposal - Practical guidelines for business students: A book review

The new textbook Writing a Research Proposal - Practical guidelines for business students by Professor Pumela Msweli published by Juta ISBN 978-0-70218-877-0 is a professionally produced easy to access guide to a very important aspect of academic research. The research proposal is the first step in any important research project. It is the research proposal which sets the agenda for the research, indicates its feasibility and most of all it demonstrates the researcher's ability to undertake the work required. It is therefore most important that a competent research proposal is developed.

This short book which is only 120 pages is a good guide to the work involved when developing the research proposal. It is designed for the novice to have with him or herself during the early days of their research while they are finding their feet. Over the 8 Chapters the author addresses all the important issues in an easy to understand way. Another important aspect of the book is that many of the key concepts and terms which are used in academic research are explained. Useful diagrams and tables are supplied.

The issue of research language is an important one. Many novice researchers find it very difficult to get started because they do not know the terms which are used by researchers. …

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