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How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing
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How to Use Storytelling in Your Academic Writing

Techniques for Engaging Readers and Successfully Navigating the Writing and Publishing Processes

9781839102813 Edward Elgar Publishing
Timothy G. Pollock, the Haslam Chair in Business and Distinguished Professor of Entrepreneurship, Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, the Haslam College of Business, University of Tennessee-Knoxville, US
Publication Date: 2021 ISBN: 978 1 83910 281 3 Extent: 200 pp
Good writing skills and habits are critical for scholarly success. Every article is a story, and employing the techniques of effective storytelling enhances scholars’ abilities to share their insights and ideas, increasing the impact of their research. This book draws on the tools and techniques of storytelling employed in fiction and non-fiction writing to help academic writers enhance the clarity, presentation, and flow of their scholarly work, and provides insights on navigating the writing, reviewing, and coauthoring processes.

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Good writing skills and habits are critical for scholarly success. Every article is a story, and employing the techniques of effective storytelling enhances scholars’ abilities to share their insights and ideas, increasing the impact of their research. This book draws on the tools and techniques of storytelling employed in fiction and non-fiction writing to help academic writers enhance the clarity, presentation, and flow of their scholarly work.

Tim Pollock describes the structure, techniques and tools of storytelling, and shows the reader how to apply them in writing the Introduction, Theory and Hypotheses, Methods and Results, and Discussion sections of an article. He also describes how these sections differ for qualitative and theory papers, and addresses how to manage the writing, coauthoring and review processes. In addition, he explains how to use storytelling when writing grant proposals, research statements and cover letters.

This book is an invaluable tool for academics at all levels across the business and social science disciplines.
Critical Acclaim
‘For researchers, finding the truth has always been a method taught to everyone, and reporting it has been an art known only by the few. Thanks to this book, research has now become more democratic, because the reader learns how to use storytelling tools methodically for reporting research.’
– Henrich R. Greve, Rudolf and Valeria Maag Chaired Professor of Entrepreneurship, INSEAD and former Editor, Administrative Science Quarterly

‘It won’t matter how brilliant your ideas are if you can’t explain them well in your writing. As one of the sharpest writers in the management field, Tim Pollock has produced a remarkably useful guide for academics to communicate more clearly.’
– Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Think Again and Originals

‘The most interesting ideas and the most diligent designs fall flat if we can’t showcase them for the reader. Pollock shows us how—while also giving tips for making the process more efficient and enjoyable. This book is essential for any scholar and should be required reading when training doctoral students.’
– Jason A. Colquitt, University of Notre Dame, US and former Editor Academy of Management Journal

‘If you want your scholarly work to be read, admired, and remembered, you should dive into this book. Tim Pollock has done us an immense service. By integrating classical concepts from the narrative and dramatic arts, along with numerous juicy examples from the world of academic writing, Pollock provides us a fun, valuable story about storytelling.’
– Donald C. Hambrick, The Pennsylvania State University, US
Contents
Contents: 1. Introduction: think like a storyteller 2. Structuring a story 3. Storytelling tools 4. The building blocks of storytelling: words, sentences and
paragraphs 5. Introductions, titles and abstracts 6. Theory and Hypotheses 7. Methods and Results 8. Discussion section 9. What’s different about qualitative articles, theory articles and book chapters? 10. The writing process 11. The co-authoring process 12. Navigating the review process 13. Other kinds of writing 14. Conclusion References Index

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