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Textbook writing: An insider’s guide to writing a textbook

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Textbook writing: An insider’s guide to writing a textbook, delivered by Daniel King, Amanda Thompson, Dean Garratt and Scott Lawley, Nottingham Business School.

  • From: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 1 March 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: N35, Newton building, Main Entrance, Nottingham Trent University, City Campus, Goldsmith Street, Nottingham, NG1 4BU
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Textbook writing: An insider’s guide to writing a textbook


Have you ever thought about writing a textbook? Are you running a successful module with an innovative approach you think others might benefit from? Are you teaching with cutting edge theory and find the current textbooks are just not up to date? Do you want to see your name in print and even have the chance to define your field?

Writing academic textbooks can be rewarding, interesting and even financially rewarding, but also time-consuming, challenging and potentially limiting for those following a research career. In this one hour session we will provide an honest and realistic look at writing textbooks based on the experience of four Nottingham Business School textbook authors. We will talk through some of the key stages in writing and editing textbooks from the initial idea and proposal to producing the final manuscript and working with the publisher to develop sales. We will also discuss the top tips each of the authors has learned through their experiences (and also what they would do differently if they had to do it again).

So if you are interested in writing a textbook, contributing a chapter to an edited text or just intrigued to find out a bit more please sign up for this session.

About the author:

Daniel King is Senior Lecturer in the Human Resource Management Department and the Research Co-ordinator for the Department. He research focuses on workplace democracy, alternative forms of organizing, civil society and critical performativity. His work has been published in Organization Studies, Human Relations, Management Learning, and the Scandinavian journal of management. He is co-author of Organizational Behaviour, with Scott Lawley, published by Oxford University Press, now in its 2nd edition and was the highest selling Organization Behaviour textbook in the UK for 2016. The book takes an innovative, problem-based learning approach to teaching first year undergraduate teaching, set around a fictionalised case study of Junction Hotel. Through this approach students examine the theory through how it plays out in this fictionalised setting, exploring issues from the viewpoint of managers, employees and society. It also uses video interviews with business leaders and consultants.

Amanda Thompson is Head of Undergraduate Programmes at NBS. Her professional and academic background lies in HRM. Amanda is a Fellow of the CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development) and fulfils a number of national roles for the Institute. She has researched and produced conference and journal outputs on a number of HRM / ER themes including gender and flexible working, employment relations in SMEs and most recently the role of Healthcare Assistants as a consequence of the NHS Modernisation Agenda. Amanda is the co-editor of the 7th Edition of one of the leading HRM textbooks in the field, HRM; A Contemporary Approach, published in 2014 by FT/Pearson. She has recently finished working with the various contributors to submit the manuscript for the 8th Edition which is due out later this year. In addition to her more recent experience as a co-editor, overseeing the content of the text, Amanda has contributed chapters on the labour market and employee reward and prepared the accompanying on-line lecturer materials for all of the editions published since 2007.

Dean Garratt is Assistant Head of the Economics Department, Course Leader for MSc Economics and is a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Dean teaches economics at a variety of levels to both students on the undergraduate economics courses and to those taking economics as part of non-economics courses. Dean is an Associate of the Economics Network which helps to promote quality teaching practice. He has been involved in several projects promoting a problem-based approach in the teaching of economics especially in incorporating the use of economic and financial data. In 2006 he was awarded the Outstanding Teaching Prize by the Economics Network. The award is given in recognition of exemplary teaching practice that deepens and inspires interest in economics. In 2013, Dean won the student-nominated Nottingham Business School teacher of the year award. Dean is a well-established contributor to a series of highly-regarded undergraduate economics textbooks:

  • Co-author with John Sloman and Alison Wride of Economics
  • Co-author with John Sloman of Essentials of Economics
  • Co-author with John Sloman, Jon Guest and Elizabeth Jones of Economics for Business

Scott Lawley is Senior Lecturer in the Human Resource Management department and with Daniel King is the co-author of Organizational Behaviour, published by Oxford University Press.

Food and drink is available at this session - please email Daniel King if you have any dietary requirements.

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Food and drink is available at this session - please email Daniel King if you have any dietary requirements.

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N35, Newton building, Main Entrance


Nottingham Trent University
City Campus
Goldsmith Street

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