What is the working title of your proposed research? Does this make your dissertation instantly
recognizable to the reader, does it capture the theory and the context of your study?
2. What is the dissertation about and why is it important? Short overview detailing why anyone would want to
undertake this study and why anyone would care!
3. Research Question, Aim and Objectives. Clearly state and delimit these three separate elements.
4. Is the study theory building or theory testing? Specify which theoretical body of knowledge you are basing your
study within, are you developing that theory (or theories), or are you testing that theory in a new context.
5. What is the context for the dissertation? Are you applying the theory to a particular business, industry, sector,
country, etc. and why are you planning on doing that.
6. Research Philosophy. Which philosophical paradigm are you rooting your dissertation
7. Data Collection How are you getting your data and which data collection tools are you using
8. Data Analysis. How are you going analyse your data when you have collected it
9. Ethical Issues
10. Structure of final work. What will be the final structure of your dissertation look like, e.g. draft chapter headings,
other main sections to your work, etc.?
All words in the coursework that you hand in, including References, Title, etc, are included in the 2500 word count.
Referencing in Assignments
Assignment should be referenced, drawing on general methodology textbooks, books that focus on
particular data collection methods and analysis techniques and ethics, and loads of journal articles.
How many references are required: the answer is as many as necessary. However, again, at
least 20 to 30 for Assignment 2 would be a rough guide.
Topic Topic Title Purpose of the Topic
The Nature of Research Considers the nature of management research: Broadly speaking there are two ways of thinking about management
research. One view holds that the purpose of management research is to understand the problems facing managers
where the other argues that the starting point for any new research is the body of theory already generated about
management and organizations.
2 Finding a Project Leads you through where ideas come from, how they can be moulded to attend to a problem space, how they
are framed appropriately and ultimately how they can underpin a solid and realistic research proposal.
3 The Literature Review Concentrates on establishing and understanding the purpose of the literature review and the steps involved in
undertaking a comprehensive literature review.
4 Research Philosophy and
Clarifies the purpose of research philosophy and its place in your research and dissertation. It then goes on to
consider the merits of single and multiple case study research.
5 Finding Your Data Helps you to evaluate data quality, considers ways in which different sources of data be combined and will
provide practical advice on data collection.
Working with Historical
and Contemporary Data
Qualitative research is sometimes, unjustly, viewed as less valuable, less useful or even less robust than its
quantitative counterpart. However, rather than being a lesser form of research method, qualitative methods
often allow research into areas in which quantitative methods would be unsuitable, or are able to add extra
depth to a mixed methods project
7 Gathering Qualitative Data Discusses some common approaches to qualitative research methods and the issues that must be considered
with their application in order for them not to be viewed as somehow inferior to ‘real science’.
8 Analysing Qualitative Data Illustrates some of the most common approaches to analysing qualitative data, namely, Grounded Theory,
thematic and template analysis, discourse analysis and hermeneutics.
9 Gathering Quantitative
Focuses on sampling and measurement issues, surveys and experimental research, and the principles of
decision making studies.
10 Analysing Quantitative Focus is on two sets of the most widely used statistical tools – exploring relationships and comparing groups.
Managing Ethics in
Research Projects Introduces some simple steps which can help ensure that your research embodies the kinds of ethical
principles that many institutions require. Using a range of real life ethical dilemmas to help you as you
formulate your own research
12 Managing the Research
Managing a research project is similar to managing any other type of project: following some basic rules minimises
the chances of things going wrong as well as making the whole process more enjoyable.
|Subject Area||Human Resources Management (HRM)|
|Paper Type||Research proposal|
|Number of Pages||9 Page(s)/2475 words|