Starting Your Business Research

Starting Your Business Research

Being an MBA student is hard. There’s never enough time to read a quarter of the suggested materials; the accounting assignment is always last-minute and doesn’t balance; corporate finance is always confusing, and half your classmates appear to have interviews with management consulting firms. On top of all that, at some point during your study,…

Knocking on the organisational door

Knocking on the organisational door

So you have a nagging problem you need to resolve and decide to explore it through your research. The more you read about what previous studies have done in relation to this problem, the more convinced you are of the need for your research to add to the understanding of the problem. You have read…

Data Analysis

Data Analysis

Data Analysis Data collection is the process of obtaining and organizing primary and secondary data; data analysis is the use of tools to establish patterns and relationships in collected data by discursive or statistical means. Your objectives when collecting data should be: To obtain original data first-hand through a number of methods where you communicate directly with…

Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research

Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research

Qualitative versus Quantitative versus “Mixed Methods” Research Quantitative research involves collecting and analysing words and numbers; qualitative research means interpreting and generalizing data gained mainly from oral interviews in and beyond the research context. Quantitative and qualitative research are just two of a number of existing research methodologies. A quantitative research methodology typically encompasses: an…

Deductive versus Inductive Paradigms

Deductive versus Inductive Paradigms

Deductive versus Inductive Paradigms Deductive research produces specific conclusions from general principles; inductive research constructs and/or explores general propositions from specific observations. These two contrasting views represent different ways you can conduct your research. If you undertake deductive research you will form hypotheses based on existing knowledge on your chosen subject. The subsequent research you conduct should…