RES601 MODULE 3 CASE, SLP AND DISCUSSION

Module 3 – Home

SELECTING RESEARCH DIRECTION AND QUESTIONS

Modular Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module, the student will be able to satisfy the following outcomes:

  • Case
    • Understand and evaluate research questions and how they are situated in the research life cycle.
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research and research questions, and be able to assess research question quality.
  • SLP
    • Be able to develop research questions for own research and justify the relevance and importance of the research questions.
  • Discussion
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research questions.

Module Overview

Research often begins with a simple, yet important choice – this of a research question. This seemingly simple choice determines everything else, and has immense influences on your enjoyment with the research work you choose, the quality of your research, and the impact of your findings. In this module we will learn how to pick research direction and more specifically good research questions, and the considerations you should take into account when making such choices.

Module 3 – Background

SELECTING RESEARCH DIRECTION AND QUESTIONS

Required Reading

On Research Topic Selection:

  1. http://ijds.org/Volume7/IJDSv7p143-153Luse330.pdf
  2. http://www.umflint.edu/library/how-select-research-topic
  3. http://www8.esc.edu/htmlpages/writerold/menus.htm
  4. Videos:
    1. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X83bzYKr1jk
    2. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BDuqfJQhFeM

On Research Questions:

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2011). Generating research questions through problematization. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), 247-271.

Cornelissen, J. P., & Durand, R. (2014). Moving Forward: Developing Theoretical Contributions in Management Studies. Journal of Management Studies, 51(6), 995-1022. doi: 10.1111/joms.12078

George, G. (2014). Rethinking management scholarship. Academy of Management Journal, 57(1), 1-6. doi: 10.5465/amj.2014.4001

Watch: http://www.powershow.com/view/1314aa-M2QzM/Objectives_of_selecting_a_research_question_Activity_powerpoint_ppt_presentation

Optional Reading

Alvesson, M., & Sandberg, J. (2013). Has Management Studies Lost Its Way? Ideas for More Imaginative and Innovative Research. Journal of Management Studies, 50(1), 128-152. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2012.01070.x

Ashkanasy, N. M. (2013). Internationalizing theory-how “fusion theory” emanates from down under. Academy of Management Review, 38(1), 1-5. doi: 10.5465/amr.2012.0242

Mantere, S., & Ketokivi, M. (2013). Reasoning in organization science. Academy of Management Review, 38(1), 70-89. doi: 10.5465/amr.2011.0188

Ragins, B. R. (2012). Editor’s comments: reflections on the craft of clear writing. Academy of Management Review, 37(4), 493-501. doi: 10.5465/amr.2012.0165

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Module 3 – Case

SELECTING RESEARCH DIRECTION AND QUESTIONS

Assignment Overview

Based on your general research direction, please pick two recent (last 5 years) papers from either one of these top journals (the papers do not have to be from the same journal):

Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Finance, MIS Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Marketing, or Journal of Consumer Research

Case Assignment

Write a paper which addresses the following issues with regard to each one of the papers you picked:

  1. What is the research topic of the paper? Why is it important?
  2. What is/are the research question/s? note that these can be implied or explicitly stated in the papers you have chosen.
  3. How are the hypotheses (if any) related to the research question?
  4. Using the criteria for research topic selection and formulating good research questions (reading materials for this module), analyze the quality of the research questions in this study.
  5. What methodologies and software package(s) were used for testing the hypotheses?
  6. Conclude your report with a paragraph or so evaluating the entire exercise in terms of what you have learned and your reflections on the topic.

Please organize your paper in a scholarly way. Add section titles when necessary. Explain your logic and when appropriate, use external sources and use proper citations.

The paper is usually between 5 and 12 pages long.

Assignment Expectations

  1. Able to search for academic papers.
  2. Able to understand the key research questions in papers.
  3. Able to understand and articulate the importance of research topics.
  4. Able to understand hypotheses and how they relate to research questions
  5. Answer the questions with clarity, depth and critical thinking.
  6. Completeness and coherence: Chain of thought is easy to follow.
  7. Collected relevant evidences and consulted additional papers/resources to support the propositions.
  8. Paper is clearly written with appropriate format. Reference list is complete. Citation is properly done.

Module 3 – SLP

SELECTING RESEARCH DIRECTION AND QUESTIONS

Next we will learn a little more about our variables and their relationships.

Compute descriptives for the four main variables and the two constructs. This explanatory video will walk you through the assignment:
RES601 Mod 3 SLP Descriptives and Correlations https://youtu.be/DrE9VxQuNhs

  1. Compute a correlation table for the four main variables and two constructs. Once your table is complete, prepare it for display in your paper by removing the duplicate correlations above the 1 line. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOI5IlHfZVE
  2. Report your findings in an essay. Include properly formatted tables reflecting the descriptives for each variable and a correlation table.

SLP Assignment Expectations

Your assignment will be graded using the following criteria :

Assignment-driven Criteria: Expressing quantitative analysis of data to support the discussion showing what evidence is used and how it is contextualized.

Interpretation: Explaining information presented in mathematical terms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words).

Presentation: Ability to convert relevant information into various mathematical terms (e.g., equations, graphs, diagrams, tables, words).

Conclusions: Drawing appropriate conclusions based on the analysis of data.

Timeliness and Professionalism: Student demonstrates excellence in taking responsibility for learning, adhering to course requirement policies and expectations. Assignment submitted on time or collaborated with professor for an approved extension on due date.

Module 3 – Outcomes

SELECTING RESEARCH DIRECTION AND QUESTIONS

  • Module
    • Be able to understand, evaluate and construct research questions.
    • Understand research question and hypotheses.
  • Case
    • Understand and evaluate research questions and how they are situated in the research life cycle.
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research and research questions, and be able to assess research question quality.
  • SLP
    • Be able to develop research questions for own research and justify the relevance and importance of the research questions.
  • Discussion
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research questions.

Discussion 3

 

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Reflecting on the paper you selected for Case 3, describe the methodology used to test hypotheses and discuss if it was appropriate or not and why.