Business Research Methods

BA5004QA- Assignment 1: Literature Review

Module Code: BA5004QA

Module Title: Business Research Methods

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Introduction

The aim of this ‘template structure’ for assignment 1 is to ensure you address all aspects to the assignment – and keep you on track to meeting the marking criteria for this module.

Please make sure you address all sub-sections and comments in terms of what we are looking for in your answers.

Style of writing

Tip 1: literature reviews should be written in past tense and the third person. For example, ‘the literature shows that….’; ‘this is important because….’ Etc.

Tip 2: think like a detective and use the evidence to build a case around the question posed above (i.e. identify and explain specific studies identified in the book chapter). Better quality answers will use referencing to strengthen each and every point made (just like in a detective case, the stronger argument is evidenced and not the personal opinion of the officer).

Tip 3: Do not just write everything you have read about in this book chapter (descriptiveness). We are testing your ability to identify appropriate sources and use it to build a case around the need for research on DBN in the workplace/organisation during this pandemic (analytical skills). Consider what you think are the key points a manager should know, and use this to plan your literature analysis – what would you take away from this article as a future manager?

Tip 4: Use the PEE (point, evidence and explain) model to frame your points. Make a point, provide evidence (identify specific studies that back your point up with references) then EXPLAIN why it is relevant students often miss the latter (analysis) part.

Reference list: Harvard referencing style throughout. You should be referring to specific studies/pieces of evidence referred to in this article to back up your argument. This includes in text referencing and a reference list at the end. Please use the recommended readings for the research methodology aspect (Bryman and Bell; Saunders) rather than online texts – there is a reason we have selected these texts (better quality/stronger evidence).

1.

Using the article below, please write a structured review around why leaders of organisations should consider ‘how’ they deliver bad news, and the ways this can be delivered ‘better’ as part of a more positive employment relationship between management and employees.

This should reiterate the main argument to this review (Employment relationship and Delivery of bad news DBN) in terms of management activity underpinning ‘better’ delivery of bad news including the reasons why an organisation leader should take this seriously.

It should include an academic definition of delivery of bad news (referenced).

It should fully reference all points (not just the end of the paragraph) using Harvard referencing, and page numbers if paraphrasing

Key reading

The Delivery of Bad News in Organizations: A Framework for Analysis by Robert J. Bies (Georgetown University) [Also available on WebLearn].

(Approx. 1000 words).

2a Identify and justify a qualitative methodology for researching the delivery of bad news.

You should define what a qualitative research methodology is using recommended academic references.

You should explain how your review in Part 1 can help you approach the topic in terms of methodology (justify this approach using your reading in section 1).

You should explain the philosophical (ontological/epistemological) underpinnings of this methodology.

References to the research methods sections of the recommended books will be essential (Bryman and Bell, Saunders textbooks and others).

(Approx 150 words)

2b

You should then set out the specific qualitative data collection techniques (for example semi structured interviewing, unstructured interviewing, focus groups, diary studies etc.) you would use for this study

Please define your qualitative data technique using the recommended readings.

Please justify your choice of qualitative research technique. This could either be drawn from your review of the literature in section 1, or the advantages of these qualitative research techniques gleaned from the recommended readings (or ideally a combination).

References to the research methods sections of the recommended books will be essential (Bryman and Bell, Saunders textbooks and others) to identify and explain your qualitative research methods technique.

(Approx 150 words)

2c You should consider an appropriate target population and your sample

(who would be included in your sample).

References to the research methods sections of the recommended books will be essential (Bryman and Bell, Saunders textbooks and others) to help identify and explain your sampling approach.

(Approx 100 words)

2d Explain potential access and ethical issues that you would consider if embarking on this qualitative research study.

References to the research methods sections of the recommended books will be essential (Bryman and Bell, Saunders textbooks and others) to identify and explain your access and ethics considerations.

Please use the Harvard referencing system for all points.

(Approx 100 words)

Reference list

Please complete this section using Harvard referencing style but this should refer to the recommended readings above.