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Checklist for the Final Research Design (your document need not be formatted like this)

  • A.

    Overview of the Topic

  • B.

    Motivation / Justification for the Research

    • 1.

      If the research is primarily applied, supply a discussion of the business situation or context

    • 2.

      If the research is primarily academic, supply a discussion of the academic context and how your new knowledge would contribute.

    • 3.

      If the research has elements of both applied and scholarly research -- all of the above.

  • C.

    Update to the Literature Review and Secondary Research.

  • D.

    Statement of the Research Purpose, or "Research Problem". (This is very important.)

  • E.

    Statement of the Research Question(s)

    • 1.

      There will be at least one single overall research question, and sometimes more. (See Ch. 6 Creswell).

    • 2.

      There will then be more questions that are more specific. Some authors refer to these as "investigative questions", while some other research books use the term "research objectives"

    • 3.

      Whatever term you use, these are your specific informational needs

    • 4.

      These are the points that lead directly to your data specifications and your hypotheses

  • F.

    Discussion of Methodology

    • 1.

      Information gathering technique(s)

      • a.

        If secondary research is involved, what sources

      • b.

        If qualitative research, what type

      • c.

        If survey, what kind

      • d.

        If multiple stages, how do they connect

    • 2.

      Sampling plan

      • a.

        Target respondent group(s)

      • b.

        Sampling frame and specific method of drawing sample

    • 3.

      Full questionnaire in final form

  • G.


These are important. (Sometimes referred to as “alternative hypotheses”.) What you expect to find versus what you would find if the hypotheses were not true -- the “null hypotheses”. Note that the use of this terminology varies somewhat from one disciplinary area to another.

  • H.

    Anticipated Usefulness of Results

    • 1.

      Applied Research (if appropriate): Expected types of actionable findings & recommendations. Business decisions or strategies to be enabled by the findings

    • 2.

      Academic Research: Expected findings and the resulting contribution to knowledge. Usefulness in the business world

  • Length: five to eight pages.

  • Grading weight: 5%

DBA801 -- Quantitative Research Methods -- Curtis -- Summer 2008 -- Page 11

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