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Need advice: Research method section in a research proposal [#permalink]
12 Feb 2005, 04:49
Hi, I am applying to PhD programme in Management in the UK. As part of my application package I need to write a research proposal. My topic is related to International Human Resource Management. I've done the lit.review and wrote most part of the research proposal: why and what on the topic, research questions/hypotheses. But when it came to Research methodology section, I am not sure how far I should go. I wrote that I will use preliminary interviews with some participants first, and then develop a survey questionnaire that I will send to a large group of managers. Should I tell what questions I will ask, and whether I will develop my own instrument, or use someone else’s questionnaire to test hypotheses? I have no idea how it will go as I haven't read all the literature on the topic yet. I plan to do so in my first year of PhD programme. Also, how long should this section be in a proposal of 1000 words (3 pages)?
Will you do modelling (mathematical) ?
Will you do Simulation ?
Will you go 'inside' an organization and study behaviour for say one year ?(This is called ethnography)
Will you use primary data (like you want to do questionnaire"
Will you use secondary data (already published, census data ....
Thanks for information. I have addressed that already. I contacted one of my former professor and he said I should worry too much about the methodology but rather explain my research topic/questions in detail.
alex.mba, can you give some links of writing the proposal for the western world?
In my application I have a choice of 4 projects to apply. From the proposed list I have choosen only one. For the rest there exists an option to propose your own projects. I have some thaughts and want to make a proposal.
First, you have to read all relevant research articles that were written in the field you want to explore, and think on what hasn't been explored yet. Then you will be able to write a good proposal. It has to be something new and challenging. Also the topic supposed to be interesting to you AND your potential supervisor! It took me three months to read articles, think it all over, and write the proposal.
You should concentrate on your research topic rather than the methodology. Once you are very clear on the topic/research issue, you can discuss it further with the professor who is willing to take you in. You should convey to him/her why you are inclined to this topic and what contirbution your research will make to the existing body of knowldge.