Essays on Research Methodology

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Dinesh S. Hegde
Springer, Jun 3, 2015 - Business & Economics - 234 pages
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The book presents a collection of essays addressing a perceived need for persistent and logical thinking, critical reasoning, rigor and relevance on the part of researchers pursuing their doctorates. Accordingly, eminent experts have come together to consider these significant aspects of the research process, which result in different knowledge claims in different fields or subject areas. An attempt has been made to find a common denominator across diverse management disciplines, so that the broadest range of researchers can benefit from the book. The topics have been carefully chosen to cover problem formulation, contextualizing, soft & hard modeling, qualitative and quantitative analysis and ethical issues, in addition to the design of experiments and survey-based research.

The distinguishing feature of this book is that it recognizes the diverse backgrounds of scholars from different interdisciplinary areas as well as their varying needs with regard to modeling, observations, measurements, aggregation, data analyses, etc. After all, researchers are expected to deepen our understanding, expand on existing information, introduce fresh insights, present new evidence and/or disprove accepted theories, hypotheses etc. More importantly, the book cautions against the over-reliance on software packages and mechanical interpretation of results based on the size, sign and significance of the coefficients obtained. Instead, the focus is on the underlying theories, hypotheses and relationships and on establishing new ones. In doing so, due care is taken to clearly enunciate what exactly constitutes a knowledge claim and what is methodology as distinct from methods, tools and techniques.

 

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Contents

1 Introduction
1
Approaches and Perspectives
8
3 Logical and Epistemological Norms in Scientific Theory Construction
25
4 Problem Formulation
65
5 Systems Approach and Soft Systems Methodology of Organization and Management Studies
85
6 Qualitative Research and Its Application in Organizational Management and Social Research
122
7 On the Role and Significance of Contextualization in Economic Research
159
8 On Using Experimental Designs
169
9 Questionnaire Design for Survey Research
185
10 Ethics in Research with Special Reference to Social Sciences
212
Writing a Doctoral Dissertation
227
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Dinesh S. Hegde is a former Professor of Economics, National Institute of Industrial Engineering (NITIE), Mumbai where he had been teaching courses such as industrial environment & policy, global economic perspectives, business analysis & econometric applications and research methodology for well over two decades. He had earlier taught at Bayero University Kano, Nigeria and University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. While with the latter, he also served as a Consultant/Coordinator for a major research project on inter-industrial flow matrix jointly sponsored by the University Department of Economics, Ministry of Planning & Development, Govt. of Tanzania and SIDA. Over the years, Dr. Hegde has supervised many Masters & Doctoral dissertations and numerous summer/winter projects in addition to undertaking several consulting assignments and executive training programmes for corporate across oil, gas, power, electronics, chemicals, automobiles, airports and ports on diverse techno-economic/managerial issues of concern. His areas of expertise include techno-economic studies, technology evaluation, labour and infrastructure on which he has published numerous articles in reputed journals and also contributed papers in edited volumes. Presently, he is Visiting Faculty at Indian Institute of Management Raipur.

Other contributors:

Dr. Rita Aggarwal, Professor and Director, Faculty of Management & Technology, Harish Chandra Post-graduate College, Varanasi, India

Dr. R. Bandyopadhyay: Former Director, National Institute of Bank Management, Pune, India; Visiting Research Professor, University of Manchester, UK; currently Hon. Director, CASAD, Pune, India

Dr. L.M. Bhole, Former Professor of Economics, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Dr. Amitabha Gupta, Former Professor of Logic and Philosophy, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Mumbai, India

Dr. V.K. Kool, Professor, SUNY Polytechnic Institute, NY, USA

Dr. O.B. Sayeed, Former Professor of Organization Behaviour and Dean (Research), National Institute of Industrial Engineering, Mumbai, India; currently Adjunct Professor (OB/HR), IBS Hyderabad, India

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