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Module Name: Business Research Methods
Lecturer’s Name: Mr S. Jharee
Date of Submission: 10 October 2020
Total Marks: 30 marks
Word limit: 1500-2000
Assignment question-Answer all questions
The purpose of this assignment is to provide you experience with designing a research study, and writing a research proposal. The aim of the research proposal is to organise and convey your ideas and thoughts.
The content of the research proposal should be organised as follows:
(a) “Identifying the research problem is the first major step when conducting research.”
(i) There are some factors a researcher needs to consider when selecting a research area ( refer to insert no.1). Taking into consideration the factors described in the insert select a research problem that you intend to investigate
(ii) Carry out a literature survey. ( You can use the resources from open university Emerald e-library available on the Elearn platform, google scholar or any other search engine)
• Select three journals in your chosen field. Examine the three journals for the past five years for research articles relevant to your area selected.
• Search and Shortlist around ten research papers or articles most relevant to your topic
(iii) Read the articles selected and write down a possible title of your topic of research. 
(iv) Formulate a Problem Statement for your chosen topic. Ensure that the key characteristics of a statement of problem are included in your statement. 
(v) Develop and articulate 3 research questions that are related to the purpose of the study 
(b) Select one research paper which is most relevant to your chosen topic and write a summary using your own words (be guided by insert 4) based on a critical analysis. Your report must include the following; 
sn Parts Total marks
1 Topic of
2 Problem statement 1
3 Research questions 1
answer research questions 1
5 Critical analysis of methods 9
6 Results achieved 1
(c) Based on the critical analysis of methods select the methods you will employ to answer your research questions. Justify your choice of methods.  Note:
1.You are strongly advised to make reference to all relevant resources available on the E-learn Platform as well as the Open University’s website.
2. Submit a Turnitin report ( Acceptance level is a similarity of less than 20 %)