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Questions about research methods

Session 1

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

1) Based on the case study, how does research philosophy lead to decisions in terms of research design and methods?

Thomas tries to utilise positivist and interpretive however quickly identifies the different perspectives in not that great. Thomas eventually utilises the pragmatism perspective. Pragmatists approach allowed Thomas to tailor his methods to the requirements of his research.
2) Do you feel that choosing a particular research philosophy should be an explicit step in the process of doing a research project? Why/why not?

 

Yes choosing a research philosophy is an important process of any research.  Researchers who understand the philosophy may refine and clarify the research methods to be used to best gather all the evidence and answers to all questions.  knowledge of the different philosophies can avoid inappropriate and unrelated work to be undertaken in order to be more creative and exploratory in their method of research.

 

session 2

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1) Think about a time when you have been faced with an ethical situation either in work or as a student. What were your natural inclinations in this situation? How did you learn from this process?
2) How can businesses encourage the process described in this article among their employees? Where does responsibility for ethics lie within an organization?

 

session 3

 

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

  1. Why is it important that your research can be related to a relevant theory base, and when during the project does the theoretical framework need to be identified?
  2. Do you think that Emma is right to restrict her project to only low-cost airlines, rather than the whole industry or a comparison with another sector? Give reasons for your answer.
  3. Do you think Emma was correct in her decision not to carry out interviews? Give reasons for your answer.

If she were to change her mind, are there any ethical issues that would need to be addressed?
(Hint: you may find Section 6.4 helpful in thinking about this question.)

 

session 4

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

  1. How can companies carry out personality testing as part of the interviewing process in a way which better addresses reliability and validity?
  2. Do you think it is ethical to use personality tests as part of the pre-interview screening process? Why/why not?

 

session 5

To complete this task please answer the questions below:
1) Why is it important to be aware of our assumptions when we do a literature review? Has this ever been an issue for you in terms of how your work came together or was evaluated?
2) What types of questions should we ask about literature we locate for our research projects? How can we evaluate the reliability of research done by others?

 

session 6

 

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

  1. Questionnaires have been around much longer than the internet has. How has the internet affected the structure and format of questionnaires? Based on your experience, what makes an on-line questionnaire good?
    2. In addition to time, what other considerations should we factor in when thinking about what we can realistically expect from research participants?

 

session 7

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

1) Can you think of an example of how a failure to properly categorise data might affect users of EDITD’s resources?
2) How do you think EDITD manages differences in quantitative and qualitative data? How can businesses handle the complexities of transcribing and analysing qualitative data quickly?

 

session 8

 

To complete this task please answer the questions below:

1) From your experience, what are some of the biggest challenges in turning research into a research report? How have you handled these challenges?
2) In terms of both content and structure, how can researchers ensure they are delivering a clear message to their audience?

 

Reference

Bryman, A., & Bell, E. (2015). Business research methods. Oxford University Press, USA.

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