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Management: Get Started

Welcome. Use this guide to begin your research process. If you have any questions please contact me for help.

Find a Topic

Where to Find Ideas

  • Class discussions or readings
  • Presentations at relevant conferences
  • Articles in discipline related journals and trade publications
  • Relevant current events

Important Journals in Your Field

Academy of Management Perspectives
Original articles and research notes that develop, test or advance management theory and practice.

Harvard Business Review
HBR's articles cover a wide range of topics that are relevant to different industries, management functions, and geographic locations. Articles focus on leadership, organizational change, strategy, operations, marketing, finance, and etc.

Business Ethics Quarterly
Business Ethics Quarterly is a peer-reviewed scholarly journal that publishes theoretical and empirical research relevant to the ethics of business.

MIT Sloan Management Review
This journal covers general management topics with particular emphasis on strategic leadership and innovation.  

Organizational Dynamics
Organizational Dynamics mainly deal with the topics of organizational behavior and development.  Other topics covered include HRM and strategic management.

Narrow a Topic

Narrowing a topic requires you to be more specific about your research interest and can help you to develop a thesis.

Questions to Narrow Your Topic

  • Who? Who is the specific person/group to which you would like to limit your research?
  • What? What specific aspect of the broad topic idea is interesting to you?
  • Where? To which specific geographic area or region would you like to limit your research?
  • When? On what time period would you like your research focused?
  • Why? Why do you think this is an important/interesting topic?

What is a Thesis Statement?

A thesis is typically a one sentence statement in the first paragraph, or beginning, of your project that states your purpose. Thesis statements should be arguable, specific, detailed, and meaningful.