Identifying Research Topic and Outline

  • Depicts a research topic.
  1. Abstract or Executive Summary
  • A quick overview and summary of your research’s recommendations or conclusions.
  1. Introduction
  • A topic of interest that allows for more in-depth investigation and analysis. Determine the research paper’s target audience, such as general managers, specific functional executives (e.g., finance, marketing, technology, etc. ), policymakers, and so on.
  • Identify any domain focus areas, such as industries or geographies, and explain why you chose them.
  • Describe the paper’s underlying motivations and background, allowing for a better understanding of the issue’s context.
  1. The goal of the study
  • Clearly define the question or issue at hand.
  • Explain why this question/issue is important to managers and what prompted the investigation into this specific area of research.
  • Describe the insights or contributions you hope to gain from the research in a few sentences.
  1. Methodology outline
  • Identify data sources (secondary research/articles, archival data, primary research/interviews, case studies, and mathematical model).
  • Use academic theory/frameworks as a foundation for your research. What role does your research play in the existing body of knowledge?
  1. Evaluation/Analysis
  • Describe the evidence supporting your research objective (or refutes), including relevant examples and prior research.
  • Properly frame the analysis within the chosen context.
  • Describe any research limitations briefly.
  1. Conclusion
  • Provide the reader with logical conclusions or recommendations. Return to the study’s overall goal or motivation.
  • What do your findings mean in terms of practical/theoretical implications or consequences?
  • Describe the research’s new or unique insights, as well as its contribution to management thinking. Explain why this is useful or important to the audience.
  1. Appendices

To pass this section of the course, a student must demonstrate the following skills:

1 Knowledge – It must be evident to the marker that you know a lot about the subject you’re writing about and that this knowledge is reflected in your writing and contextual framework throughout the paper.

2 Research – to write a persuasive piece, you must demonstrate that you have evidence to support your claims and assertions. To do so, you must reference other research, provide practical examples, and include any data that you have gathered.

3 Novelty – provide a new or unique perspective on an existing or emerging issue, and demonstrate why this is useful to your audience.

An excellent research paper (90 per cent or higher) will include the following features:

Be well-articulated, well-structured, and use exhibits appropriately (developed by the author),

Utilize extensive secondary research and combine it with academic theory/frameworks and primary research/interviews to form a triangulation.

Provide relevant case studies/practical examples and frame the research appropriately within the industry/domain context (identified by the author),

To the reader, draw logical conclusions or make recommendations.

Contributes to management thinking in the field of research by providing thoughtful new insights.

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