RESEARCH METHODS IN BUSINESS

Course Objectives

  • To develop a research plan for execution.
  • To comprehend and apply effective research techniques to solve organization problems.
  • To set up a professional methodology and analytical procedure to scientifically arrive at solutions for business queries.
  • Learn the value of scientific research for problem solving and decision making.
  • Present the findings and results for managerial action to gain competitive advantage and stay ahead of competition.

UNIT I

Background to Research–Research paradigms Contributions of research to theory and practice–Research Ethics–Literature Review–Identifying, accessing and managing sources of information and scholarly literature–Academic writing and referencing–Steps in literature review development.

UNIT II

Qualitative Methods– The nature and types of qualitative research–Data collection methods–primary and secondary sources–Types of data analysis methods–Writing up qualitative research.

UNIT III

Quantitative Methods–Data and Variables–The Nature of Quantitative Research–Descriptive and Inferential Statistics–Sampling–Designing and Coding Questionnaires–Data Entry and Screening.

UNIT IV

Hypothesis Testing–Association–Correlation Coefficients Bivariate, Regression–Association–Chi–square Tests–Difference– t–tests–Difference– ANOVA–Reliability, Validity and Rigour–Reporting a Quantitative Study.

UNIT V

Research Proposal–Purpose, nature and evaluation–Content and format–Practical considerations–timelines, budgets, supervision management– Presentation and defense of proposals–Research Reports.

Learning Resources

  • Malhotra, Dash “Marketing Research: An applied orientation” 7th Ed. Pearson Ltd, 2015.
  • Brown Suter Churchill, Marketing Research , 8th edition, Cengage Learning India Pvt ltd,2015
  • G.C. Beri, 'Marketing Research', 4thedition,Tata McGraw–Hill Education.2007
  • Churchill, Lacobucci&Israel, Marketing Research–A South Asian Perspective'CengageLearning, India edition, 2010.
  • Harper, W. Boyd Jr, Ralph Westfall, Stanley F. Stasch, Richard D. Irwin Inc.,'Marketing Research – text and cases', All India Traveler Book Seller 12th edition ,2014
  • Raymond Kent, Marketing Research – Measurement, Method and application', International Thomson Business Press edition 2, 2011
  • William G. Zikmund, Barry J. Babin, 'Essentials of Marketing Research, International Edition, 5e, Cengage Learning ,2015
  • William G. Zikmund, Barry J. Babin, Jon C. Carr, Mitch Griffin, 'Business Research Methods, International Edition, 9e, Cengage Learning, 2014.

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