SAGE Publishing APAC’s Top Rated Books Of 2022

The continuous improvement in our lives comes from the tireless efforts of people in various fields who have written many books to share their knowledge and experience. As we draw the year to a close, we round up some of the top-rated books of 2022, written by experts in their respective fields of Research, Business and Management, and Psychology. Here’s a look at the titles that have made the most impact in 2022.

SAGE Research Methods

Research is more than collecting data, it applies the new knowledge into problem solving, innovation, and improving lives. From learning about fundamental research techniques to understanding research processes across disciplines, these are the top-rated research method books that help us do better research. 

The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers 

Although coding qualitative data is a fundamental skill, researchers and students must pay more attention to it. In his book, The Coding Manual for Qualitative Researchers, Johnny Saldaa presents various coding solutions and step-by-step procedures to help researchers and students select the most appropriate process for their projects. In addition to guidance, Saldaa discusses the pros and cons of the solutions and illuminates them with real-life examples. Written by a world-renowned expert, this book remains the only one that focuses on coding qualitative data, making it an invaluable manual for researchers and students.

Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics

Andy Field breathes life into statistics and SPSS software in his book Discovering Statistics Using IBM SPSS Statistics. With his unique blend of humor and a new cast of characters, Field animates statistics and SPSS software with bizarre examples and activities. This award-winning book covers everything you need, from fundamental theory to regression, factor analysis, and multilevel modeling. Including understanding why your evil lecturer is forcing you to learn statistics in chapter one. No wonder it is touted as the statistics lifesaver book.

Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory

Drawing on student and professional work in natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and applied disciplines, Interdisciplinary Research: Process and Theory provides a thorough, systematic account of the interdisciplinary decision-making process. The Fourth Edition covers an expanded discussion on epistemology, confirmation bias, and social media. It also explores creativity within the interdisciplinary research process and the philosophy of integration. It sheds light on student work patterns, mapping, and the importance of performing independent research. The book also comes with access to an instructor website with PowerPoint slides, tables and figures used in the book, and a test bank.

Business & Management

Leading a company across borders is no easy feat. With the wide range of leadership models and theories, how do we put them into practice for effective leadership? How do we move past culture to reach our global audiences? With these top-rated books in Business and Management, learn to apply leadership theories with real-world case studies and transcend cultural boundaries when marketing to the world.

Leadership: Theory and Practice

Learn all about leadership with Peter G. Northouse, as he offers an academic analysis of the major theories and models of leadership. In his market-leading book, Leadership: Theory and Practice, he demonstrates how theory influences practice through practical case studies and real-world examples. With the questionnaires in the book, students gain a deeper understanding of leadership and their leadership style. The Ninth Edition includes discussions about leadership and morality amidst current events like the COVID-19 pandemic, a new chapter on Inclusive Leadership, and recent real-world case studies and self-assessments.

Global Marketing and Advertising: Understanding Cultural Paradoxes

In the Sixth Edition of Global Marketing and Advertising: Understanding Cultural Paradoxes, Dr. Marieke de Mooij provides a blend of theoretical and practical applications. She addresses globalization and global branding strategies, along with updates on how COVID-19 has impacted globalization. Packed with up-to-date research on culture, media, and the internet, she discusses how culture influences strategic concerns and impacts all elements of marketing communications. She highlights the importance of value paradoxes in cross-cultural marketing communications. She explains why methods in one country cannot be replicated without modifications using the Hofstede model and other cultural models.

Theory and Practice of Leadership

Whether a profit or non-profit organization, remote or office-bound, leadership impacts every level of the organization. For this reason, Theory and Practice of Leadership covers essential leadership theories and explores leadership at all levels of the organization. It includes the latest developments in followership, diversity, national culture, globalization, change, politics, and ethics. It also provides examples and detailed explanations of how they work in practice. A companion website complements the book’s second edition with an instructor’s manual, lecturers’ notes, additional case studies, and free access to full-text journal articles for students. With its clear and engaging analysis of what makes leadership effective, this is a practical guide to leadership in any organization.


The scientific study of the mind and behavior helps us further understand others and ourselves. This year, the top-rated books in Psychology take us through the lifespan of human development, help us gain a deeper understanding of the African American community, and encourages active participation for self-improvement in substance abuse offenders.

Counseling Individuals Through the Lifespan

During each stage of human development, different needs and focal points emerge. Counseling Individuals Through the Lifespan takes readers from birth to 75 years and over, introducing the fundamentals of the counseling process based on the stages. Structured around the 2016 Standards of the Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP), the book introduces a Biopsychosocial Approach to client-counselor relationships, counseling theory, research, and interventions. This second edition discusses recent issues affecting school children, their families, and school counselors. Students can utilize the guided practice exercises for deeper self-reflection.

African American Psychology: From Africa to America

Understanding the close links between America’s institutional systems and the psychology of African Americans, the Fourth Edition of African American Psychology: From Africa to America provides a complete analysis and study of African American psychology. Besides including important advances in the field, the book also offers researched-based strategies to enhance the general well-being of African American communities. It also includes current developments such as the Black Lives Matter movement, racial trauma, and expanded themes like African American fathers, LGBTQ people, colorism, social media, and more. Cover stories from blogs and African proverbs are incorporated to provide the perspective and show how theory and research can be applied to real-world situations.

Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies For Self-Improvement and Change, Pathways to Responsible Living – The Participant’s Workbook

The Second Edition of Criminal Conduct and Substance Abuse Treatment: Strategies For Self-Improvement and Change, Pathways to Responsible Living – The Participant’s Workbook accompanies the provider’s guide and covers the concerns and problems of substance abuse in criminal offenders. Designed to involve clients and promote active participation in treatment, the workbook outlines the process of the program and introduces clients to the cognitive-behavioral approach to change. It provides an understanding of the situation and offers skills and strategies in chapters like Mental Self-Control: Managing Thoughts and Emotions. As the process continues, clients are led to strengthen their skills for self-improvement and take ownership of the change through a lifestyle balance and healthy living. 

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