Learning objectives for Research Students* 1- To assist the researcher adopt a rigorous academic approach to the execution and writing of their selected research topics. 2- To develop for the researcher an organisational plan to assist the orderly research and documentation of research theses. 3- To identify for researchers acceptable standards in order for them to sign off on completed draft theses before presentation for examination 4- To assist in the preparation of proposals towards candidature for Masters and PhD degrees. * See Riley et al (2000) ; Fisher (2004) in Bibliography
Circularity of Research Process (Newtonian beginnings): Title; Introduction; Research Objective; Research Question's); Contribution of Research; Literature Review; Theory (deduced/induced); Hypotheses or Propositions; Collection of Data/evidence; Classification of Data; Testing Hypotheses or Propositions; Conclusions/Implications /Limitations Ask a Question Inform the Question (Lit. Review)
Agenda-Common difficulties of research students The title of the research = The research paradigm And the treatment of the research What are the goals of the research To describe? To explain? The circularity of the research process Stating the objective and the research question Why write a literature review? How is it done? Research designs Which ? For What? Why hypotheses? From where? Why data? Why interviews? How should the thesis be prepared?
Selecting the Topic The students most important decision:- –Will it add to knowledge?
Straight application of published theory or accepted world view Deduced theory from published theory or accepted world view New Induced Theory from published research or accepted world views Well known domain ( Leadership/Emotional Intelligence) Workmanlike (puzzle solving- *Thomas Kuhn 1970) Mainstream elaboration Renewed interest Emergent domain ( Leadership/Human values/Axiology) Domain extension Domain expansion Frame breaking Future domain (Leadership/Spiral dynamics/Consciousness ) Paradigm extension Trajectory creation Heretical insights Criteria for selecting a good research topic (based on lecture material of Prof. Rita Gunther Mc Grath, Yale University, used in a lecture to Faculty Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business Spring 2005) Theoretical originality (New knowledge) Domain Originality (Un predictability) * Kuhn T. (1970), The Structure of Scientific Revolutions, 2 nd Edition, Chicago: Chicago University Press.
An example of research using this matrix Steenkamp et al (1999) Cross national investigation into the individual and cultural antecedents of consumer innovativeness
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