Critically discuss the extent to which the context within which the research takes place, determines the research design.

Human Resourece Management- Research Methods – Choice a topic according your own knowledge

Critically discuss the extent to which the context within which the research takes place, determines the research
design.

In order to answer this question you should consider the following:-

Size, type and age of organisation(s)
The subject under investigation
Access to organisation(s), research sample, data etc.
Ethical issues
Your role as a researcher

Your answer must be supported by appropriate academic underpinning.

Categories of contexts of research

Size of org (SME, MNC)
Sector (Public, private, NFP)
Industry Sector (education, retail, engineering, etc.)
Hierarchical level of workforce (Senior, white, blue)
Organisational structure (hierarchical, flat)
Time allowable
Skill level of workforce
Subject matter (delicate, sensitive, controversial etc.)
Location (country)
Location (accessibility)
No. of sites (1, 2, 10, 20)
Language (of researcher)
Language (of subject/s)
Quality of data/information required
Quantity of data/information required
Culture of organisation
Culture of participant(s)
Diversity of workforce
Age of workforce
Gender of workforce
Level of trust in organisation
Available budget
Skill level of researcher
Accessibility to sample
Accessibility to information/data
Type of research question
Nature of research question
Income levels
Leadership style
Patterns of employment
Role of technology
Levels of bureaucracy
Organisational strategy and objectives
Ethical considerations
Role of researcher (insider/outsider)

Aspects of Research

Inductive
Positivism
Interview
Ethnography
Theory
Critical Realism
Mixed Methods
Longitudinal
Questionnaire
Nature of reality
Participant Bias
Deductive
Data collection methods
Validity
Interpretivism
Focus group
Case study
Researcher Bias
Quantitative
Diaries
Variable
Hypothesis
Sample Selection
Reliability
Experiment
Observation
Multiple Methods
Action Research
Generalisation
Qualitative
Data analysis
Pragmatism
Propositions
Cross-sectional
Grounded-Theory
Ethical issues/approval
Research Objectives (clarity)
Subjectivity
Limitations
Objectivity

ASSESSMENT CRITERIA:  You will be marked according to the attached Postgraduate Assignment Assessment Sheet on page 4.

Word Length:    3000 (+/- 10%).
Any penalties for not complying with word limits will be in accordance with University and Faculty policy.

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has been quoted from your own work. All references used must be given, and the specific page number used should also be given for any direct quotations, which should

be in inverted commas. Students found copying from the internet or other sources will get zero marks and may be excluded from the university.

Postgraduate Assignment Assessment Sheet

Module name:    Research Methods    Module no:    M32HRM

Student name:
Student no:

Assignment title:
The role of context in research design

Examiner name: First marker/Second Marker (delete as required)__________________________________________________________________________

Distinction (70-100)*    Merit (60-69)    Pass (50-59)    Pass (40-49)    Fail (0-39)    Mark

Nature of topic(s) (10%)

Identifies and describes the nature of topic(s) critically and thoroughly

Identifies and describes the nature of topic(s) correctly and critically

Identifies the nature of topic(s) correctly with adequate description
Identifies the nature of topic(s) correctly with some description
Fails to identify the nature of topic(s) correctly

Literature review (30%)     Has evidence of reading on relevant material beyond those given in teaching sessions or exercises
Refers extensively to sources
Evaluates literature logically and critically
Shows evidence of accessing and reading on relevant material
Refers to adequate sources
Analyses literature clearly and critically
Demonstrates clear understanding of relevant theories, concepts and issues
Refers to some sources
Discusses literature thoroughly with some critical analysis
Presents some understanding of theories, concepts and issues
Refers to a few sources
Describes literature with limited critical analysis     Shows limited or no understanding of relevant literature
Refers to limited or no sources
Describes literature with no critical analysis

Analysis and discussion (35%)     Presents strong and critical analysis and discussion well-grounded in literature
Shows both depth and breadth of understanding of the topic(s)
Has well-reasoned arguments shown in analysis and discussion based on literature
Presents appropriate understanding of the topic(s)

Has logical and clear arguments shown in analysis and discussion based on literature
Demonstrates clear understanding of the topic(s)
Demonstrates some arguments in analysis and discussion based on literature
Shows basic understanding of the topic(s)     Has unsubstantiated and invalid analysis and discussion based on anecdotes and generalisation
Presents limited or no understanding of the topic(s)

Distinction (70-100)*    Merit (60-69)    Pass (50-59)    Pass (40-49)    Fail (0-39)    Mark

Conclusion and recommendation (15%)     Summarises the assignment thoroughly and critically
Provides realistic and feasible recommendations
Summarises the assignment clearly and critically
Provides logical recommendations
Summarises the assignment adequately
Provides some recommendations
Summarises the assignment briefly
Provides a few recommendations
Provides limited or no summary of the assignment
Presents limited or no recommendations

Presentation and reference (10%)     Conveys all information clearly and completely with logical order
Displays excellent use of reference style
Delivers information clearly and accurately with sound structure
Shows correct use of reference style with minor errors
Conveys content consistently without misunderstanding
Displays correct reference style but a few inconsistencies     Conveys content adequately without misunderstanding
Displays correct reference style but some inconsistencies     Provides vague content with many errors
Presents limited or no referencing with incorrect style

For a mark of 80+, the assignment should be of sufficient standard to demonstrate high degree of understanding and critical/analytical skills, where specified.

Outstanding in all respects.

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