RSCH 600 Graduate Research Methods

The topic is : Stakeholders and their impact on the success of a business. You need to conduct some research related to your own interests or to serve the interests of some organization (employer/client/sponsor). Before you start writing a formal proposal, you (or your employer/client/sponsor) would like to gather some information about the problem as well as understand its importance. HERE ARE THE KEY PARTS OF THIS PART OF THE PROPOSAL (PART 1): Title of your research Make it intriguing – (BUT LESS THAN 120 CHARACTERS) Introduction/Background Provide a brief description of what the proposed research topic is about (using the 5 components of Introduction of a proposal). Literature Review The purpose of this assignment is to develop skills in finding and analyzing valid literary resources for your research. The review should be written in an integral/synthetic style, and NOT as an annotated bibliography. Please note: Use in-text citations to reference all ideas, concepts, text, and data that are not your own. If you make a statement, back it up with a reference! • Research a minimum of 15 relevant business-related literature sources (focus on material available in digital format only for this course). Carefully choose your 15 “keepers” that are clearly related to your study. (Note: you might need to find 30 to “keep” only 15). • Identify major common themes encountered in the selected literature sources. For each theme, create its own subsection within the literature review. • For each theme / subsection of the literature review, explain the opinions of the authors and show their similarities, differences, methods of acquisition of data, methods of data analysis and other pertinent information. State how the reviewed research results relate to your proposed study. • Identify the gaps in the literature and explain what needs to be done to move forward in your research. Statement of the Problem Detail the problem that you are considering. Explain: • How are you defining and delimiting the specific area of the research? • What is the gap that will be addressed by this research? • What it is that you hope to learn by conducting this research? • Discuss the anticipated outcomes and benefits to the researcher, the organization, or society. Research Questions Provide focused research questions for your planned research. Also provide a back-up question in case the first one does not pan out. Make sure you address the following questions: • What is the scope of your research? • Is the scope of your research question reasonable? Checklist for Proposal Part 1 Note that this checklist is not to replace the Assignment Guideline mentioned in page 1. It is designed to elaborate the key points mentioned in page 1. Please make sure that you addressed the following questions before submitting your term paper: • General: ?Did I strictly follow the APA style (font size, spacing, citation, paragraph structures, list of references, etc.)? ? Did I meet the minimum page requirement (7—9 pages, excluding title page, table of contents, references, and annexes)? • Topic: ? Is the topic less than 120 characters but not too short? ? Is the topic clear enough to explain the proposed study? • Introduction: ? Does the introduction part address the five components of the introduction of a proposal (one paragraph for each)? • Literature review: ? Did I write 5 – 7 pages? ? Did I use only peer-reviewed journal articles and books as the main source of information? ? Did I review and summarized at least 15 relevant article journals/books related to the study topic? ? Is there a logical flow of ideas/concepts in the literature review? ? Did I write a clear literature gap/s or literature deficiency? • Statement of the problem ? Does the statement justify the problem properly? • Research question ? Are the research questions (in qualitative or quantitative methods) and research questions or hypotheses (in quantitative and mixed methods) clear enough to be answered at the later stage of the research?
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