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  • tedg8 11:44 am on March 10, 2016 Permalink | Reply  

    Methodologies and data collection help! 

    Good afternoon

    I am in first year of my PhD in management studies and need to select an appropriate data collection and analysis method. My problem is that I can’t really understand the methodologies like grounded theory, phenomenology, thematic analysis etc.

    What I have thought is to use a mixed method approach for data collection (qualitative + quantitative). For that, I am thinking about conducting semi-structured interviews with the key participants of my study. I settled for this as most of the researchers have used interviews and surveys as the means for data collection. I have also prepared the questionnaire but I am unable to get my head around the theoretical perspective. How will I analyse the qualitative data?

    Any help regarding this matter would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    • sophiaw740 11:55 am on March 15, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hey tedg8, I can very well understand your difficulty as I have too struggled with methodologies. It’s too grey and complex and massive, I must add. There are so many methods that are can be used in management studies. Have you read all the methods? Ever considered observational and case study as data collection methods?
      The best means to select the methods is to read the previous researches. Look what methods they opted for. And for the methods you don’t understand, read this amazing book by Creswell, Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design Sage Publications. All the research methods are clearly defined, which methods to use, when to use, which one is best for which type of study and so on. He has explained with examples and is quite useful and maybe it’ll solve your doubts.

    • tedg8 6:24 am on April 5, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      Hi, I am sorry for replying so late. Got a bit engrossed in the studies. I read a lot of literature and the book suggested by you. Thanks for that, it’s quite informational. But I am still facing some difficulties. What if the research method I choose is wrong and my findings turn unreliable due to that? Even after studying so much about it, I am still not sure. Can’t anyone just do it for me??

    • sophiaw740 6:06 am on April 6, 2016 Permalink | Reply

      We aren’t professionals, so no I can’t tell you the correct method. Every research is unique and demands different approaches and it’s the perspective of the researcher that makes the complete difference. As you said, you have read a lot of literature and its still confusing you, then take help from a friend or discuss it with your supervisor. Later on, if you feel you chose the wrong approach, then you can always trace bake to where you started.

  • kristinemorry 10:23 am on January 23, 2015 Permalink | Reply  

    Choosing between qualitative and quantitative research design 

    A research design is basically how you conduct your research and find answers to the identified questions.

    A research design should primarily suit your research objectives. Nothing but your research questions and the expected answers can determine your choice of research design.

    The following explanation will give you a clarification on what each method implies :-

    Quantitative research design: the research design aims to define variables or depict relationships between variables in quantifiable or numeric terms. Relationships may be expressed with statistics like correlation, mean, standard deviation, etc. depending upon the aim, quantitative research can assume three forms:

    • Descriptive research: numerically describe a phenomenon

    • Correlational research: numerically express the relationship among variables

    • Experimental research: manipulate variables to test cause and effect.

    • Qualitative research design: This is a systematic subjective approach to describe phenomena and give them meaning. It aims to analyse and convey how a phenomenon of interest is understood, interpreted, produced or constituted. It employs analytical methods that are sensitive to context, complexity and detail.
    Qualitative method entails analysis of case studies, perceptions, narratives and the like.

    I hope this helps fellow researchers in understanding the basic difference between the two designs. you can alternatively use a combination of both.

    I will be happy to entertain other confusions in this context!

    • Nigel 3:57 am on January 28, 2015 Permalink | Reply

      can you please guide me as to how i can collect data for a quantitative research? my field of study is economics and i am studying multi-factor productivity.

  • Lucy Watson 9:56 am on September 3, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    What should a RM look like? 

    Below are some main points on how to write an impressive RM. You can refer to them for writing one for yourself.

    Research Overview- where you put your topic of your research.

    Research design- It covers how you have done the whole research, what each part aims to accomplish, what were all the techniques you adopted in the whole process.

    Data Collection- What was the method used – sampling, questionnaire, interviews, trials etc. The sample size taken is also mentioned in it.

    Data Analysis – Finally, tell what does the data mean in context of your research? Were you able to conclude/ Include what method you opted for data collection – qualitative or quantitative.

  • Dr S Loretti 9:52 am on September 1, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Tips to write a dissertation RM 

    1. Define and explain the problem you are working on.
    2. Tell about your approach – how you collected the data and your understanding of the topic.
    3. Review some samples of your dissertation before starting with RM.
    4. Try to make an outline of the RM stating what all will be covered in it.
    5. Define the research questions clearly including a detailed description of statistical instruments used to answer the questions.
    6. Explain about why you choose the particular problem and the methods to research on it, with justification of their validity and reliability.
    7. Make sure you keep it clear and concise. Doing so will give an impact that you have a specific purpose with clear – cut understanding.

  • Dr S Loretti 4:02 am on May 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Biasness in the Primary sources of data collection 

    The Primary sources of data collection mainly involve the self-reporting measures, i.e. the survey or interview form of gathering relevant data. Such techniques often exhibit several biases which the researcher must be cautious about. Some potential issues are:

    • Understatement or Overstatement of the existing problem by the respondents- Such biasness is encountered usually in case of a research that involves respondents to describe their feelings or experiences, which are influenced by the social environment. In such a case, researcher must make his best effort to encourage honest answers by the participants.
    • Response depending upon self-evaluation is another situation of biasness by the respondents wherein they bend their answers to reflect what should be rather than what the actual case is.
    • Non-Remembrance of the past experiences by the participants may instill inaccuracy in research.

    Primary sources such as interviews and surveys are important in research, but should be used cautiously.

    • Dennis lillee 11:12 am on April 11, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Skipping from such bias is not just difficult but nearly impossible.

  • Dr S Loretti 3:53 am on March 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    Taking the help of other scholars 

    Selecting the right research methodology is very important. But many students stumble at this stage. So what can they do to find a good research methodology? They can take the help of other scholars who have worked before in this field. They can ask them as to what methodology they followed. It is a good idea to browse through old samples and prior works in this field and get an idea of the research pattern that was followed. Then with a few modifications, the student will be able to arrive at a methodology that is suitable for his project.

    • David 11:09 am on June 7, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Books or Academic Journals? Which one of the two would lead me to a suitable research topic?

  • Dr S Loretti 4:18 am on February 15, 2014 Permalink | Reply  

    A Twist to an Old Research 

    For many students, it is hard work to come up with a genuinely new topic for their research. So much investigation has been done in so many areas in so many fields that there are few topics in the world left untouched. That is why many students take a different point of view on an existing topic. They take a stand that is contrary to the one taken by the original scholar. Then they spend the rest of the project trying to justify the stand they have taken and the evidence in its favour.

    • William Turner 4:30 am on February 26, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Exactly! We guys are left with not much scope for study. It is so hard to search in depth to get a suitable topic for the research work.

    • Nick 4:54 am on February 27, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yea William! You are absolutely right.

    • Teresa J. Mann 5:09 am on September 29, 2014 Permalink | Reply

      Yes it is good to use old researches with some changes or for further research.

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