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  • Why relate to a theory base? Not having to invent one to start with That said it requires reading about the framework (in this case legitimacy theory), pros & cons & criticisms When to identify the theory framework (ideally) ASAP, but practically, gaining some working knowledge of the field being studied as well as the ‘better’ research question will help do this Why only low-cost airlines? Less data to crunch, less variables, more robust research – also claims will be stronger What about cross-sector analysis? Might help to compare between strategies of orgs; unless the ‘whole’ airline industry is being analysed, but the time problem kicks in Why not use interviews? The RQ is about reporting – what actually went out in the public realm, not the strategic directives of managers. Also, the individual politics might skew results What ethical issues this would raise? Climate change is deeply political, and through interviews a political message would be conveyed

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  • 1.
    • Methods of Research
    • Semester 2 2011/2012
    • MSc in International Business & Emerging Markets
    • MSc in Management
    • Tutorials / Group Discussion Notes
    • Tutor: Elric Honore – [email_address]
  • 2. Week 1: The Research Process
    • Intro/Housekeeping 5mins
    • Tutorial Structure/Tutor Profile 5mins
    • Initial Q&A ~5mins
    • Week 1 / Case Study 1 30mins
    • Group Feedback / Discussion ~15mins
    • Total 60 mins
  • 3. Elric Honoré ESRC/CGAP 1+3 Studentship 2 nd Year PhD in Management - Organisation Studies Research Assistant / Teaching Assistant 1 st Supervisor: Pr Stephen Osborne / 2 nd Supervisor: Dr Neil Pollock Email: [email_address] Doctoral Research Topic: Virtual Institutions of Philanthropy A study of how crowd and individual decision models of philanthropy fare in the 'off-line' and 'on-line' social worlds, and how this affects the management of their intermediary organisations. Research Interests : Philanthropy, Community Development, Volunteering, Complimentary Currencies, E-Governance, Multidisciplinary Research, Web 2.0, Actor-Network-Theory, Situational Analysis. Researcher Networks: Doctoral Society UEBS, SHARE Research Staff Association / CHSS, UKRSA and Vitae Scotland & NI. Publications: Honore, V.E. (2012) ‘The impact of Information Communication Technologies on Philanthropy'. CGAP Position Paper Series. Honore, V.E. (2011) 'Supporting Voluntary Action: Contrasting the Timebanks' and Volunteer Centres' Approaches' . SCVO Evidence Library. Osborne, P., Honore, V.E., Bond, S. and Dutton, M. (2011) 'The Opportunities and Challenges of the Changing Public Services Landscape for the Third Sector in Scotland: A Longitudinal Study' .
  • 4. (initial)
  • 5. Week 1: The Research Process
    • As an ‘ideal’ rational process
    • As a real process
    • Characteristics of Management Research
    • Successful (student) research
    • Theory & Frameworks
    • Qualitative vs Quantitative
  • 6. Case Study 1: Media Climate Change Reporting and Environmental Disclosure Patterns in the low-cost 21 st C airline industry
      • Why relate to a theory base?
        • When to identify the theory framework (ideally)
      • Why only low-cost airlines?
        • What about cross-sector analysis?
      • Why not use interviews?
        • What ethical issues this would raise?
  • 7. Group Feedback / Discussion (because collective intelligence matters)
      • Q: Why relate to a theory base?When to identify the theory framework (ideally) A: ASAP, i.e. do actually read in-depth the qualitative, quantitative, mixed methods course-recommended texts as it will save time at the ‘doing’ stage of research
      • Q: Why only low-cost airlines? What about cross-sector analysis? A: restricting the scope of the research increased its robustness and prevents the researcher from making unsubstantiated claims. While x-sector would ‘great’ , this was actually achievable
      • Q: Why not use interviews? What ethical issues this would raise? A: the data ‘was just there’; no need to create a new sets. Also interview have repercussions (business relations, political, public reputation etc) which the researcher might not have intend but still contributed to. To avoid for obvious reasons.
  • 8. Case Study 1: Further useful (imho) considerations
    • ‘ Turning a job into a research project’
    • The effect of guest lectures
    • Distinguishing access and the research topic
    • Narrowing the focus
    • Deadlines, deadlines
  • 9.
    • Next week:
      • Read Case Study 2 ahead
      • Do contribute and question during tutorials > more Q&As = better learning from tutorials > more time will be allocated
      • Materials WebCT hopefully will be updated, meanwhile: > http://www.slideshare.net/elrichonore
    • Thank you