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  • The respondents were not informed on the nature of the questions that they were to respond to through the survey tools and questionnaires (Caracelli & Greene, 1997 [cited in J.C. Greene and V.J. Caracelli, 1997, eds]). This was meant to eliminate opportunities of respondent biasness which could have resulted into homogeneous data hence affected the validity of the study. [more]
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  • The respondent’s data was securely kept to reduce access and where respondent’s data was to be transferred; the networks were satisfied to be encrypted and secure. The respondent participation in the study was allowed after the respondent demonstrated understanding of the study ethical perspectives (Cook & Campbell, 1979). The respondents signed informed consent form to demonstrate clarity in understanding study ethical considerations. [more]
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  • The study respondents were education on the study design in order to gain understanding on the procedures of the study, objectives of the study and practical as well as policy implications of the study (Guba & Lincoln, 1989). The study satisfied the principle of malfeasance and beneficence as well as principle of anonymity. The study respondents were informed on anonymity of their participation and that the study results were not for commercial purposes. Thus, the study satisfied... [more]
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  • . Analysis of continuum of the textual data would be carried out and measures of validity of interpretative comments and quotations done through reflections that would be achieved through textual content application. Internal consistency of the data would be determined followed by contextual analysis and finally the data would be compressed using data reduction strategies (Creswell, 1999). The compressed data outcomes would be analyzed by using interpretation and attaching meaning and... [more]
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  • Avoiding harm… Are any adverse effects likely on subjects, researchers, institutions or communities from the carrying out of the research and its consequences, including the publication of findings? Have all reasonable steps been taken to eliminate the risk of harm? If the objectives cannot be achieved without risk of harm, should the project be abandoned? Is there any justification for continuing with it? Treating fairly… Do researchers and subjects get the resources... [more]
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  • 3.2.1 Respecting autonomy… Do the objectives or methodology of the research fail to respect autonomy by, for example, deceit, dishonesty, the invading of privacy, breaking confidentiality or by using data in ways not clearly stated to researchers and subjects? These subjects may include people who are not actively involved in the research but about whom data is used. Are all likely participants, including subjects and researchers, fully informed of the nature of the research before... [more]
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  • Ethical Considerations Ethics is a complex field, but in professional contexts its fundamental concerns are to: • Respect the autonomy of individuals • Avoid causing harm • Treat people fairly • Act with integrity • Use resources as beneficially as possible Each of these issues is addressed in a little more detail below by considering some questions to be addressed when ethically appraising research: [more]
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  • When conducting work in an organisation you should ensure that a person of responsi¬bility is identified as having given permission for the research to go ahead. In some organisations there may be a formal proce¬dure that you need to follow. For example, some Health Authorities require all research proposals - including Masters dissertations - to be approved by an Ethical Committee before proceeding. The onus must rest on the student to ensure that a proper reply can be given to... [more]
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  • The majority of students on the Masters programmes in the Business School will be doing research within an organisation, often their own place of work. Where an organisation is involved it is vital that the organisation approves of the research that is being conducted. The reasons for this are two-fold. Firstly, it is important for you to receive the co-operation of key individuals in the organisation as well as ensuring that you will be given access to data. Secondly, it is also important... [more]
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  • Once your proposal is accepted your form will be passed to the departmental academic responsible for the allocation of supervisors. Supervisors are allocated on the basis of subject expertise and workload. The name of the supervisor allocated to students will then be communicated to students via the Blackboard site for the dissertation module by student number. Once a supervisor is allocated the student should make contact as soon as possible. Please note that it is your responsibility to... [more]
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  • Your proposal may be accepted as submitted, or may need further work. If your proposal form needs further work in order to be accepted you will be informed of this by your scheme leader / award tutor. You will then be informed of the specific areas within your proposal that you need to develop further. You will also be informed of the date by which this should be completed and your proposal form re-submitted via Blackboard. [more]
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  • After engaging with the taught materials you should then fill in the proposal form which is found in the Appendix to this handbook and is also available electronically. Different time-scales will apply for handing this in depending on your scheme. It is absolutely critical that you ensure you know the timing requirements of your particular circumstances - this is your responsibility. [more]
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  • Methods of data collection and analysis You will need to think about how, where and when you will collect and analyse your primary data. The proposal form has a section for you to outline your research plan. Timetable of activity Your proposal will also outline your planned timetable of activity and planned dates for completion of key sections of your work in order that you may later discuss this and reach an agreement with your supervisor concerning what you should do and by when this... [more]
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