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Need significant research funding, resources and time.
Insufficient substance. Avoid questions that will not generate new insights. See Box 2.2
Sensitivities that may be aroused as a result of doing the research. E.g., timing or reasons that may upset key people who have a role to play in the research context.
Just right :
Just right for investigation at this time, by this researcher in this setting.
Table 2.2: Examples research ideas and their derived focus research questions What effect has the growth of Internet Banking has upon the uses customers make of branch facilities? The use of internet banking In what ways does the use of specific aromas in supermarkets affect buyer behaviour? The use of aromas as a marketing device How effective is recruiting for new staff via the internet in comparison with traditional methods? Job recruitment via the internet How does the running of TV advertising campaign designed to boost the image of a company affect its share price? Advertising and share pricing General focus research questions Research idea
Writing a research proposal helps you to organise your ideas, and can be thought of as a contract between you and the reader.
The content of the research proposal should tell the reader what the research is intended to do, why it is necessary to do it, what it is trying to achieve and how the proposed research will achieve it.