thADDIS ABABA UNIVERSITY
School of Business and Public Administration
Department of Management
Assignment Guide Lines on Research Methods for Management
Course code: MGMT 362
Instructor: Abera D.
Each group needs to prepare a paper of at least 15 pages and not more than 20 pages on any of the business areas.
It is the duty of the group to add some relevant sub-topics to be included in the report. In fact, your instructor believes that an exemplary group will have gone through various literatures by the time it needs to distinguish the relevant sub-topics from the irrelevant ones, and will be better informed of the essential sub-topics to ...view middle of the document...
▪ To serve as a contract. Research often involves contracts between different individuals or groups or people. The proposal states clearly what each party is expected to bring.
▪ To serve as a planning tool. Many research projects fail because they are not properly planned. Even when badly planned research does eventually reach its conclusion, it is typically very stressful to the researcher. When a clear plan of action is in place from the beginning the research is much more likely to proceed smoothly and to be successful (NRF, ---).
The remainder of the presentation addresses the structure and content of a research proposal.
2. The structure of a research proposal
Bon in Cormack (1996: 89-100) gives guidelines on the preparation of a research proposal. Nonetheless, proposals are tailored to suit the requirements of a given research problem/ question. Hence, what follows is a general guide on the contents of a research proposal that may be amended to suit the requirements of a particular case.
a) Title of project
The title of a research project reflects what will be performed in the research. Thus, research projects become known by their titles, so it is important to make the titles both brief and meaningful while describing the proposed study. It should not exceed 15 words (Talbot 1995:631).
The abstract should answer the following questions:
What will be the purpose of the study?
How will the study be conducted (sampling, data collection and data analysis?)
What are the expected findings- based on pilot study results.
There are three chapters in a research proposal. These are (i) introduction and background of the study (ii) review of related literature (iii) methods and procedures, and the project plan.
PART 1: Introduction and background of the study
1. Introduction (Introducing the topic of study—1 to 2 pages)
Here you set the stage for the reader to read further. Provide the context for your research by presenting historical background information necessary for the reader to understand the research project. Ask yourself -: what is the research topic? How did I choose the topic? What kind of historical context does the research that I am engaged in exist within? Have I surveyed and described relevant studies related to the problem? Have I surveyed existing expert opinion on the problem? Why is there a need to research this topic, and who will benefit from this? Have I summarized the existing state of opinion and research on the problem? What has been found/ said by other researchers in this area? What is the gap(s) that necessitate the study? What have I hypothesized? What are the expected outcomes of this study? [ Hence, the purpose of the background to a study is (i) to set your research in context (i) to show results of related previous studies (iii) to indicate limitations or ‘gaps’ in the existing research or to show how ‘the present study’...