RES601 MODULE 4 CASE, SLP AND DISCUSSION

Module 4 – Home

DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES

Modular Learning Outcomes

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

  • Case
    • Understand and evaluate hypotheses and how they are situated in the research life cycle.
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research and hypotheses, and be able to assess hypotheses quality, as well as to develop hypotheses.
  • SLP
    • Be able to develop hypotheses for own research and justify expected relationships.
  • Discussion
    • Develop critical thinking regarding hypotheses.

Module Overview

After you have formulated a research question (or research questions), it is important to develop hypotheses which cater to the research question/s. This process requires logical argumentation, and being able to see important possible associations related to your research topic. This module focuses on these processes, and results in preliminary development of theory which encapsulates specific expected relationships among your key variables.

Module 4 – Background

DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES

Required Reading

Glynn, M. A., & Raffaelli, R. (2010). Uncovering Mechanisms of Theory Development in an Academic Field: Lessons from Leadership Research. Academy of Management Annals, 4, 359-401. doi: 10.1080/19416520.2010.495530

Alvesson, M., & Karreman, D. (2007). Constructing mystery: Empirical matters in theory development. Academy of Management Review, 32(4), 1265-1281.

Tsang, E. W. K., & Kwan, K. M. (1999). Replication and theory development in organizational science: A critical realist perspective. Academy of Management Review, 24(4), 759-780. doi: 10.2307/259353

Prasad, S., Rao, A., & Rehani, E. (2001). Developing hypothesis and research questions. Retrieved from http://www.public.asu.edu/~kroel/www500/hypothesis.pdf

Wallace, R. (2013). Research questions, hypothesis, and variables. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_BmjujlZExQ

Required Video

Cromer, K. (2020, August 16). RES601 mod 4 SLP hypothesis testing with linear regression [Video]. YouTube. https://youtu.be/OIgvs2NWo1g

Optional Reading

McKinley, W. (2010). Organizational Theory Development: Displacement of Ends? Organization Studies, 31(1), 47-68. doi: 10.1177/0170840609347055

Tsang, E. W. K. (2006). Behavioral assumptions and theory development: The case of transaction cost economics. Strategic Management Journal, 27(11), 999-1011. doi: 10.1002/smj.553

Hallier, J., & Forbes, T. (2004). In search of theory development in grounded investigations: Doctors’ experiences of managing as an example of fitted and prospective theorizing. Journal of Management Studies, 41(8), 1379-1410. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-6486.2004.00479.x

Module 4 – Case

DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES

Assignment Overview

Based on your general research direction, please pick one recent (last 5 years) paper from either one of these top journals. The paper should differ from the ones you picked in Case 3, and should have hypotheses in it.

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 the paper 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 the hypotheses (if any) are related to the research question?
  4. Discuss and criticize the authors’ approaches for hypothesis development using criteria explicated in the reading materials for this week.
  5. What methodologies and software package(s) were used for testing the hypotheses?
  6. Think of a variable which the authors did not discuss and can influence their outcome variable (DV). Develop a hypothesis for this effect, and justify your hypothesis
  7. 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 and hypotheses 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. Able to construct hypotheses.
  6. Answer the questions with clarity, depth and critical thinking.
  7. Completeness and coherence: Chain of thought is easy to follow.
  8. Collected relevant evidences and consulted additional papers/resources to support the propositions.
  9. Paper is clearly written with appropriate format. Reference list is complete. Citation is properly done.

Module 4 – SLP

DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES

Hypothesis testing

  1. Conduct a Simple Linear Regression in SPSS with assumption testing on the two constructs in H1: Engagement Attitude is positively related to Engagement Behavior. This explanatory video will walk you through the assignment:
    RES601 Mod 4 SLP Hypothesis Testing with Linear Regression https://youtu.be/OIgvs2NWo1g
  2. Report your findings in an essay. Include properly formatted tables reflecting the results of assumption testing and regression analysis. Include the status of the null (accepted/rejected based upon the pvalue), R2, and beta, with narrative telling me what the values mean.

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 4 – Outcomes

DEVELOPING RESEARCH HYPOTHESES

  • Module
    • Be able to understand, evaluate and construct hypotheses.
    • Understand how hypotheses are situated in the research life cycle, and their role in theory development.
  • Case
    • Understand and evaluate hypotheses and how they are situated in the research life cycle.
    • Develop critical thinking regarding research and hypotheses, and be able to assess hypotheses quality, as well as to develop hypotheses.
  • SLP
    • Be able to develop hypotheses for own research and justify expected relationships.
  • Discussion
    • Develop critical thinking regarding hypotheses.

Discussion 4

 

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Reflecting on your own research aspirations, discuss why hypotheses formulation and selection are important.