Assignment Type: Individual Project Deliverable Length: 5-7 pages in MS Word 2007
Individual Research Project – Preliminary Research Design
Click here (attached to email as a pdf) to view the Sekaran diagram on the research process.
This assignment has two parts:
The term “formal research” traditionally refers to conducting an experiment under controlled conditions in order to discover, demonstrate or test a hypothesis. On the other hand, a “business proposal” is considered the systematic gathering of information with the intent of arriving at an optimal solution for a given problem or situation. Each one has its application and value in the business setting, yet there are also attributes that are unique to each one.
For the first part of this assignment, compare and contrast the theoretical and practical differences between “formal research” and “business proposals”. What are some commonalities? What are some differences? What are the capabilities of one in contrast with the capabilities of the other? Use sources available on the web, the library from the textbook to support your arguments and remember to include these sources in the references section of your paper.
While you are working on the assignment, read the article "The Disconnect Between the Science and the Practice of Management" (attached to email as a pdf) for additional assistance on the subject.
For this second part, search one of the five ‘testable statements’ (hypothesis) listed below and conduct a survey of the literature using one of the article collections (databases) in the Library. Based upon the elements of how to construct a literature review suggested in the Sekaran textbook and additional sources, prepare an actual 3-4 page Literature Review (Step 2 of the Sekaran process) that address the most relevant findings reported in research articles which address, support, or refute your chosen hypothesis. Pick one of the following hypotheses to compose your Literature Review:
H1: Is collaborative technology in virtual business teams a facilitator of corporate globalization?
H2: Are multiple forms of intelligences significant antecedents to transactional and transformational leadership behaviors?
H3: Can organizational learning be considered a predictor of effective strategic management?
H4: Is technical competency a mediator and moderator of managerial effectiveness?
H5: What are