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Volume 5 Issue 1 / Jul 2007  pp1‑36

Editor: Ann Brown

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Is Research that is Both Causally Adequate and Adequate on the Level of Meaning Possible or Necessary in Business Research? A Critical Analysis of some Methodological Alternatives  pp1‑10

D.A.L. Coldwell

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Learning from a Doctoral Research Project: Structure and Content of a Research Proposal  pp11‑20

Javed Iqbal

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Students have to present a formal research proposal at the time of admission or at the end of their first year study in the case of a doctorate. Many of them feel uncomfortable in preparing such proposals due to lack of experience or knowledge. This paper describes the way a research proposal may be prepared for doctoral projects in social sciences. The paper provides a road map to write a suitable proposal acceptable to their supervisors or examination committee. The proposal is based on a case study undertaken by the author and addresses key issues in preparing a postgraduate proposal including researcher's professional background, selection of topic, research question, research objectives, and importance of the study, scope, methodology, conceptual framework and potential outcome. These themes have been grouped under four parts: the context, the content, the process and the product. 


Keywords: research proposal, social sciences, postgraduate study, case study


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The Ethical Impact of Business and Organisational Research: the Forgotten Methodological Issue?  pp21‑28

Margaret Lindorff

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Strategies for Teaching Research Ethics in Business, Management and Organisational Studies  pp29‑36

Linda Naimi

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