Academic Writing – A Guide for Management Students and Researchers 15/06/2011

 The book under review talks about writing of academic papers. The authors rightly say that students and novice researchers trying to write academic papers face problems on three aspects. They fail to understand the process of research or knowledge generation, documenting the process and results of research properly organized for sharing them with the academic community and acknowledging the use of other’s ideas appropriately. The book which is divided into three parts addresses all the three aspects. The first part is devoted to the research process and the role of academic writing. The second part revolves around the anatomy of academic writing. The last part of the book talks about acknowledging academic debts.

            While explaining research as a process of generating knowledge through the adoption of science based approach, the authors say science encourages the use of existing knowledge to generate new knowledge. Science makes its statements open to skepticism and doubt if it is not supported by empirical facts. It regards empirical facts as the criterion for determining whether a belief constitutes a piece of knowledge. Research papers are classified under two categories such as conceptual paper and empirical paper. Conceptual papers talk about the process and outcome of research study. They do not talk about collection and analysis of fresh empirical data. In the case of empirical papers they describe the process and out come of the study. These papers examine whether data collected and analyzed provided support for one or more hypothesis.

             The authors compare three types of writings such as Academic writing, Journalistic writing & Creative writing. Academic writing is broadly defined as communicating scientific knowledge. It is generally addressed to scholars and other knowledge seekers who are familiar with that branch of knowledge. The most rigorous academic writing is found in scientific journals and doctoral dissertations in which scholars share with fellow scholars their research findings. Journalistic writing is essentially to inform the readers by reporting and commenting on current events. It is targeted at a wide range of people who can spare very little time and yet what to know what is happening around them.

 Creative writing is expressing one’s experience or imagination or combination of both. It is the writer’s subjective perception of reality that is shared with readers through words.

 While talking about using and citing sources of ideas in academic writing, the authors of this book emphasize the need for mentioning the sources from which the authors of papers borrow facts or ideas and relate them in their text. Further they explain the kind of sources one has to acknowledge and the ones one need not.

  The book is authored by professors of IIM contains extracts from their students’ work as illustrations. They have suggested changes in the given examples. This book is useful to all management students and research scholars. The book should find a place in all libraries.

Dr.N.Raghavendra rao


2 thoughts on “Academic Writing – A Guide for Management Students and Researchers 15/06/2011

  1. V Raghavan

    There is usually an overlap between what the authors of the book classify as conceptual paper and empirical paper. A good empirical paper often starts with a section on the Aim of the Study, where the author briefly reviews the previous work and states what he aims to do as a further step, as well as why he wants to do it. Also, a theoretical model conceived by an author may be supported by an analysis of empirical data, obtained either as part of the author’s own work reported in the paper or published previously.

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