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silhouettes of people with one in front leading the groupIn this Guide, you'll find:

Finding Background Information

Reference sources - great for getting started

Reference sources are a great starting point for research. Reference sources typically provide definitions, give topic overviews, and explain theories. They can also point to additional readings and scholarship. Examples of reference sources include: dictionaries, encyclopedias, handbooks, guidebooks, manuals, and textbooks. 

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Key Resources

Quick links to best bets

Reference Books

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Encyclopedia of Leadership

A broad foundation for this developing field, drawing concepts and examples from religion, philosophy, business, politics, the arts, and other fields. REF 658.4092 En192

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The Center for Creative Leadership Handbook of Leadership Development

Offers a thorough explanation of the elements of leadership development. ebook

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The Leader's Change Handbook

Works by the nation's top business theorists and practitioners including case studies, action strategies, and unbeatable advice. ebook

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Key Concepts in Organization Theory

A guide to the key concepts of organization theory to help you navigate through the often complex and abstract theories about the design and functioning of organizations. ebook

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Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies

Ideal as an introduction and as a quick reference, Key Concepts in Critical Management Studies explores the essential concepts used within the field today. ebook

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Dictionary of Human Resources and Personnel Management

Key terms, covering all aspects of human resources, including recruitment and selection, appraisals, payment systems, dismissals and industrial relations. ebook

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Ideas for Leaders Collection

Curates the latest and most significant management and business thinking from around the world into straightforward summaries which highlight how ideas can be applied to improve organizational performance. ebook

Destination Dissertation

Offers concrete and efficient processes for completing parts of the dissertation where students tend to get stuck. For students in all disciplines and for both quantitative and qualitative dissertations. ebook