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e‑Learning business research methods

e‑Learning business research methods

The subject has developed from what are fairly weighty academic debates about how research should be carried out. Whilst these issues are unquestionably relevant at higher levels of academia, the relevance for undergraduate dissertation students is less apparent. Owing to the highly academic nature of the discipline, the language associated with the subject can be fairly weighty and certainly distracts from the concepts being considered. It is also the case that most business research methods have been ‘adopted’ from the social sciences, and as such many aspects remain considerably underdeveloped in a business discipline context. Ethnography is an excellent case in point. Few, if any, texts explain satisfactorily the relevance of this methodology to undergraduate business students. A further barrier is that there is a distinct reluctance to admit this lack of development, hence such ideas and concepts are presented as the finished article, whilst in reality they are not. 3.3 Widespread and differing views A third problem is that everyone has an opinion and in many cases an entrenched view on what should be taught in a research methods course. This ranges from the diehard positivist to the deep-rooted constructivist and all points in between. The problem is exacerbated for the RM lecturer because the ‘products’ of their labours are served up across a wide range of colleagues through honours dissertation supervision. The student can therefore become further confused as project supervisors advise differently on research issues.
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Book Review: Qualitative Methods in Business Research

Book Review: Qualitative Methods in Business Research

An expanded, second edition of Qualitative Methods in Business Research, targeted at a global market, indicates increasing acceptance of a broader range of qualitative approaches, even though competitor specialist titles are still fairly sparse. One such title is Myers’ (2009; 2013) Qualitative Research in Business and Management. By comparison, Myers is a more advanced text which discusses philosophical underpinnings and provides a clear critique of each method. Significantly, Myers confidently advocates qualitative research design as a stand-alone approach, citing and detailing studies from top-ranked journals throughout as proof of the quality of scholarship that can be achieved.
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The Conception of Institutional Business: Research Directions and Methods

The Conception of Institutional Business: Research Directions and Methods

The relevance of this topic is caused by that the conception of institutional business attracts more and more attention within several discourse: New institutional theory, theory of the social capital, organizational researches, evolutionary economy and strategic management (Sidenko, 2012). Nevertheless, most of the papers are devoted to organizational researches. Many papers are written on the example of spheres of finance, science and health care. The empirical papers investigating institutional business in the agriculture, the social sphere, IT, power, coastal and sea business, ecology, education, social services, journalism, the industry of fashion, production and other branches are widely met. A deep interview, personal polls, focus groups, case-study, an analysis of books, papers, business plans and professional blogs are often met among the studied methods of the collection and an analysis of information. These facts show that at the moment there
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RNCOS Online Business Research

RNCOS Online Business Research

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Vol 17 No 1 (2011): J of Economics & Business Research
							| Journal of Economics and Business Research

Vol 17 No 1 (2011): J of Economics & Business Research | Journal of Economics and Business Research

My utmost objective is to prove that innovation processes are indeed principally generated by technological development. Permanency or continuity? It may result in a key issue for Hungarian enterprises as well, since without sufficient technological background Hungarian enterprises could not maintain their competitiveness either. How innovative are these firms? How much innovation awareness or search for innovation does incite innovation in enterprises? To what extent is innovative thinking represented by executives of enterprises? The results of the INNOTARS research program offer answers to these questions. Hungarian enterprises’ innovation activity is also mostly determined by technological development and spending on this ambit is also relevant. This observation is supported by the national research project which is purported to examine the factors affecting and accompanying innovation at Hungarian small and medium sized enterprises. During the research we collected data from the enterprises via questionnaire surveys and interviews. As technology is in constant change and one of the most significant challenges enterprises have to face is to operate in the constantly changing environment, thus, rapid technology sourcing may be the quickest response on the part of enterprises. Pursuant to the evolutionary or neo-Schumpeterian approach, capitalist economy constantly develops and selectively adapts new and better technologies; the enterprises, however, have distinct abilities to build or adapt new technologies and they further vary as to how they manage to profit from them [Nelson, 1991]. Grossman and Helpman [1991] considered directly technical evolution, knowledge accumulation and utilization as major underlying drivers of economic development. However, under Thirwall [2002] it is important to take a critical approach in respect of the new economic growth theories as they tend to neglect the importance of demand-side factors; it is however noteworthy that the issues of technical change and the flow of knowledge slowly become part of mainstream economics.
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Family business research: A review of 2010

Family business research: A review of 2010

source of value for unique business model.. Physical Assets[r]

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MYSTERY SHOPPING– THE MIRACLE TOOL IN BUSINESS RESEARCH

MYSTERY SHOPPING– THE MIRACLE TOOL IN BUSINESS RESEARCH

We invite unpublished novel, original, empirical and high quality research work pertaining to recent developments & practices in the area of Computer, Business, Finance, Marketing, Human Resource Management, General Management, Banking, Insurance, Corporate Governance and emerging paradigms in allied subjects like Accounting Education; Accounting Information Systems; Accounting Theory & Practice; Auditing; Behavioral Accounting; Behavioral Economics; Corporate Finance; Cost Accounting; Econometrics; Economic Development; Economic History; Financial Institutions & Markets; Financial Services; Fiscal Policy; Government & Non Profit Accounting; Industrial Organization; International Economics & Trade; International Finance; Macro Economics; Micro Economics; Monetary Policy; Portfolio & Security Analysis; Public Policy Economics; Real Estate; Regional Economics; Tax Accounting; Advertising & Promotion Management; Business Education; Management Information Systems (MIS); Business Law, Public Responsibility & Ethics; Communication; Direct Marketing; E-Commerce; Global Business; Health Care Administration; Labor Relations & Human Resource Management; Marketing Research; Marketing Theory & Applications; Non- Profit Organizations; Office Administration/Management; Operations Research/Statistics; Organizational Behavior & Theory; Organizational Development; Production/Operations; Public Administration; Purchasing/Materials Management; Retailing; Sales/Selling; Services; Small Business Entrepreneurship; Strategic Management Policy; Technology/Innovation; Tourism, Hospitality & Leisure; Transportation/Physical Distribution; Algorithms; Artificial Intelligence; Compilers & Translation; Computer Aided Design (CAD); Computer Aided Manufacturing; Computer Graphics; Computer Organization & Architecture; Database Structures & Systems; Digital Logic; Discrete Structures; Internet; Management Information Systems; Modeling & Simulation; Multimedia; Neural Systems/Neural Networks; Numerical Analysis/Scientific Computing; Object Oriented Programming; Operating Systems; Programming Languages; Robotics; Symbolic & Formal Logic and Web Design. The above mentioned tracks are only indicative, and not exhaustive.
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Statistics for Business Research Research Methods for Business PHD LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

Statistics for Business Research Research Methods for Business PHD LEADERSHIP AND GOVERNANCE YEAR 1 SEMESTER 1

PHD BUSINESS ADMINISTRATION YEAR 2 SEMESTER 1 ( STRATEGIC MANAGEMENT OPTION ). PENSION TOWERS, 13 TH FLOOR.[r]

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Journal of Business Research

Journal of Business Research

While contributing important insights into why consumers use online shopping carts, this research does have some limitations. First, the sample consists of online U.S. consumers; future studies should examine other populations to determine the generalizability of fi ndings to different countries and contexts. Second, the present data entails self-reported, rather than actual consumer behavior. A valuable contribution would be to couple survey results with an e-tailer's click-stream data to provide a more thorough picture of this common online consumer behavior that has yet to receive ample scholarly focus. Experimental simulations in which researchers manipulate individual variables would also be bene fi cial.
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Journal of Business Research

Journal of Business Research

The previous results and implications should be interpreted within this study's limitations, each providing avenues for further research. First, this study's empirical part is exploratory. A larger sample size would allow using more advanced statistical techniques. Second, an interesting research opportunity would relate (changes in) IR management quality directly to shareholder value creation. For this purpose, additional research may measure investors' responses to a company's IR activities using four-factor fi nancial models or event studies (Srinivasan and Hanssens, 2009). Third, this study focuses on relational market-based assets as one of the two categories of market- based assets Srivastava et al. (1998) identify. Intellectual market- based assets may be equally relevant, but are beyond this study's scope. Investor intelligence (gathering more information about their behavior and segmenting, targeting and positioning based thereon) may also improve IR practice. Fourth, future research may investigate possible interactions among the IR outcomes. Analyst coverage, for example, may also in fl uence cost of equity capital. Overall, this study contributes to a better understanding of IR and the role of (relationship) marketing in this regard. IR merits a systematic management, in which relationship marketing (tools) complement existing knowledge and practice.
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Center for Digital Business RESEARCH BRIEF

Center for Digital Business RESEARCH BRIEF

The  figure  above  depicts  the  organizational  resource “pie”  and  the  factors  that  drive decisions  concerning development (on average 20‐40 percent  of  cost  at  the  beginning  of  the  lifecycle)  and  maintenance  (on  average  60‐80  percent  of  cost  at  the  end  of  the  lifecycle.  (Takang  and  Grubb  1996)  For  development,  key  concerns  include:  the  business  opportunity  from  new  application  development,  the desired  time to market, and the  overall  business  requirements  supported  by  the  application. For maintenance, key concerns include:  the  value  of  business  from  the  application  to  be  maintained,  the  resource  cost  invested  in  maintenance,  and  the  potential  lost  opportunity  from  investing  resources  in  maintenance  which  could be alternatively be used to development new  applications.  
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The challenge of introducing the subject of research and research methods to business undergraduates

The challenge of introducing the subject of research and research methods to business undergraduates

The research process is usually presented as a sequence of between seven and ten distinct stages all of which must be completed for any piece of research to be credible (see Table 1 for a typical list) (Saunders et al, 2015). It is easy to get lost in the welter of detail required to successfully carry out the individual steps. By taking each step separately, Business Research methods text books (Saunders et al, 2015; Bryman and Bell,2015; Easterby-Smith et al, 2018), lectures, classes and workshops tend to support this outcome. But it is not a linear process. Researchers will iterate between these steps, perhaps revisiting various stages many times, as their understanding of the research problem develops and changes as a result of the findings from other steps such as data analysis and writing up. As table 1 shows, choices are involved at every step, but these are not independent of each other. The final decisions must ensure that the work carried out at each stage forms part of an integrated whole, both supporting and consistent with work carried out at all other stages. It is by writing up the work as it progresses that the researcher develops a more profound understanding of the contribution of each step. This deepening understanding may be one of the triggers for a rethink of work carried out at other perhaps previous stages. The process of writing up is critical to the project (Saunders et al, 2015) - for the researcher in progressing the work and for the ultimate audience in explaining what has been done, why it has been done and what has been found out. Writing skills are tested at every stage of the research process.
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Some aspects regarding the concept “Research for Business”

Some aspects regarding the concept “Research for Business”

The research activities in Universities and in R&D Institutes are oriented in two directions: fundamental and practical research. In this moment when the industrial development is very fast, the problem to resist with products on the market is to be very flexible, to introduce new innovative products, in the way to satisfy the client needs. It is very known that the fundamental research is good, maybe not useful in a moment, but in time, when there are satisfied all the conditions, it can be practical for industry (an idea is valuable when her time is coming; we can resist to an army invasion, but not to an idea who’s time is coming- Khata- Upanisad).
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Research plan for IKEA Hengelo; from a Business to Consumer approach towards a Business to Business approach

Research plan for IKEA Hengelo; from a Business to Consumer approach towards a Business to Business approach

When looking at the five different factors something stands out. According to the article of Riyad Eid et al. there are some factors connected with each other. When looking at the relationship between these factors two groups could be formed. The first group consists of commitment and trust, loyalty and relationship and collaboration which can be seen as the service aspect of a B2B perspective. These three factors influence each other in both ways. You can imagine that if there is a lack of trust and the relationship is bad that supposedly the collaboration will be bad too. (Riyad Eid, 2002) In fact the article of Papassapa Rauyruen is partially devoted to the interaction of these three factors . “ Creating a loyal B2B customer base is not only about maintaining numbers of customer overtime, but it is also about nurturing the relationship with business customers to encourage their future purchase and level of advocacy. “ (P. Rauyruen, 2005) In fact this means that if you want to have loyal B2B customers you’ll need to secure future purchases and here is where marketing kicks in.
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MULTIPLE MEASURES OF IMPROVEMENT OF RESEARCH SKILLS IN BUSINESS ETHICS AND BUSINESS LAW

MULTIPLE MEASURES OF IMPROVEMENT OF RESEARCH SKILLS IN BUSINESS ETHICS AND BUSINESS LAW

The pilot study reported here focuses on data from Masters students enrolled in courses in Business Law or in Business Ethics. Each course is run at different Research Universities but both utilise the same conceptual model, the Research Skill Development (RSD: Willison & O’Regan, 2006) framework, to inform the explicit development of student research skills. This paper presents the benefits of this explicit development, based on an analysis of student responses to questionnaires given at the beginning and end of each course. These results are part of a larger set of data, which includes academic measures of students’ discipline-specific research skills, also conducted at the beginning and end of the course, and student interviews conducted about one year after the course is completed. Both academics coordinating these courses are members of a larger study considering the effects of utilising the Research Skill Development framework in a variety of disciplines and contexts 1
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The review of a business model: research on changing the business model for a Dutch tour operator

The review of a business model: research on changing the business model for a Dutch tour operator

The travel industry is one of the largest and also one of the fastest changing industries in the World.  The emergence of the internet has radically changed the way business is conducted throughout the  industry. This research focuses on a Dutch tour operator which is having trouble adjusting to the fast  changing  business  environment.  This  tour  operator  did  not  make  the  transition  to  online  direct  selling but  still  sells its  products  via  retail partners  only.  Due to fierce  competition of  online niche  players,  who  do  not  have  high  overhead  costs  and  a  large  back‐office,  profit  margins  are  under  pressure and sales are declining. The tour operator has specialized itself in long haul traveling, which  means fly‐hotel vacation  trips  outside  of Europe. This  market  segment  is  shrinking  because  of  the  current economic  circumstances, which inevitably means  a decrease in  sales. Other  tour  operators  facing  the  same  problems  often  chose  to  change  their  strategy  of  indirect  retail  selling  to  a  dual  strategy of both indirect and direct online selling. For the Dutch tour operator it is clear that changes  need to be made to the current business model to be able to sustain a profitable businessResearch  has  been  conducted  to  gain  insight  into  the  problems  of  this  Dutch  tour  operator  regarding  their  current business model and to develop a suitable competitive business model. 
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Business failure research

Business failure research

In the past two decades, the causes of business failure in China have emerged to become one of the foremost topics of interest to management scholars. This line of studies suggests that business failure can be attributed to general environmental factors such as deregulation of industries (e.g. Zhang and Round, 2008; Zhou, 2011), intense competition in industries such as retail and technology (e.g. Audretsch, 1990; Lee, 2013; Bullis, 2013), declining and uncompetitive industries (see Zhang and Zhang, 2014) and overcapacity within industries such as solar PV (e.g. Lee, 2013; Bullis, 2013). In the case of deregulation, the incremental easing of the protective cover of many regulated industries has led to intense competitive rivalry. New breeds of firms have emerged to exert co nsiderable pressure on existing firms leading to others’ exit.
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Entrepreneurial Business Model for Classical Research University

Entrepreneurial Business Model for Classical Research University

Unfortunately, at preliminary survey it was not possible to identify all indicators and aspects of financing research fields related to creation of new technologies. From ISI Web of Knowledge was searched information about scientific articles, and proceeding papers as well because of peculiarities of ICT and informatics: research ers of the field are publishing mainly in conference proceedings. If in ISI web the publications from science and technology could be differentiated from social sciences and art and humanities, then the same division of research funding is not available on the webs of universities. Therefore general statistics identified (Table 1) includes mainly the total number of researchers and total funding of research (incl. humanities and social sciences, which usually are not producing patent - protected IP). A numbe r of researchers in some cases can include doctoral students in some cases not. According to the experience of Tartu , it seems to depend on the practical aspect – has the doctoral student research role at and for the university or he/she is treated just as the student. In Estonia, because of different status of doctoral students (stipend is budgeted by state order only for part of doctoral students, not all) their contribution to research is remarkable and they are included into the statistics if also hired as researcher. In personnel statistics full time equivalent if available was found out. The publications and researchers of university medical centres are included into statistics.
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Risky business: capacity-building in collaborative research

Risky business: capacity-building in collaborative research

The concept of capacity-building, originating in studies of economic development, operates as a powerful metaphor in arguments promoting collaborative research in education. This chapter interrogates the concept of capacity-building in that context by exploring the apparent contradiction of seeking to promote collaborative research in an increasingly competitive research funding environment, and then by raising ethical questions relating to who might control capacity-building agendas, and who might benefit from capacity-building endeavours. Drawing upon our experiences together in a number of differently sized collaborative research teams, we argue against a deficit conceptualisation of capacity- building that sees individual researchers as partly empty vessels that need filling. Rather, capacity-building through collaborative research is conceptualised as a process of empowering, equipping, informing and inspiring one another to continue to explore new dimensions in one another’s respective fields of interest. This view resonates with so-called capability approaches that conceptualise capacity-building as a “kind of freedom” (Sen, 1999). We contend that embracing this conceptualisation of capacity-building has the potential to enhance the quality and quantity of research outcomes, but also involves a certain degree of risk that needs to be acknowledged and addressed.
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Business Expenditure on Research and Development 2007/2008

Business Expenditure on Research and Development 2007/2008

Survey The BERD Survey is a targeted survey which is issued to all enterprises which are believed to be actively engaged in research and development across all business sectors of the economy. These enterprises were identified from various sources which included previous responses to the survey, other CSO and Forfás data and other administrative sources.

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