The Thesis Writing Survival Guide: Research and Write an Academic Thesis or Dissertation with Less Stress
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In their new book, Dietmar Sternad (Professor of International Management at Carinthia University of Applied Sciences, IMTA alumnus and CEEMAN Teacher of the Year 2021) and Harriet Power (an experienced editor who has worked for leading educational publishers) provide useful advice for writing a thesis or dissertation.

The Thesis Writing Survival Guide supports graduate or doctoral students on every step of their thesis writing or dissertation journey, from initial idea to completed thesis. It can also be used as a textbook for research skills seminars. PowerPoint slides are available for free for lecturers who would like to use the book in their course.

The book includes three parts that cover all aspects of a thesis or dissertation writing process:

  • Part I helps students to get into the right mindset, develop a project plan, find a suitable topic, become a smart reader of academic literature, and prepare a convincing thesis proposal.
  • Part II is a step-by-step guide through the process of completing all the main chapters of a thesis or disseration. The authors share tips on how to find the right literature and write a good literature review, how to develop a conceptual framework, how to choose and correctly apply qualitative and quantitative research methods, and how to present and discuss the research findings.
  • Part III helps students succeed in their writing. In this part, they learn how to create a clear structure and flow to their text, overcome writer’s block, cite the work of others correctly, and improve their own writing by looking at it through the eyes of a professional editor.

The book is written with a focus on the typical needs of graduate and PhD students in business/management and other social sciences, although students from other disciplines and those who are writing a thesis as part of their undergraduate studies will also find useful advice in it.

The book is available at