Dissertation / Research Workshop
Workshop Structure <ul><li>Deep vs. Surface Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Tips </li></ul>4 (Oc 27) <ul><li>Present  r...
Structure of Your Paper <ul><li>Title page </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgements ...
WHY do a literature review?
The literature review <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To demonstrate your knowledge of theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul...
To ensure your argument is strongly rooted in theory and previous works
To understand the  themes  of the topic
HOW do you select a research topic?
Be  passionate  about your topic!
Topic should not be too narrow or too broad
Samples of Topics
Finance <ul><li>The Rapid development of international micro-finance.  </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-finance in the banking indu...
Logistics <ul><li>Order recording and order processing solutions of a commercial firm (storage). </li></ul><ul><li>Organiz...
Marketing <ul><li>Marketing mix for a brand-new restaurant in Chinatown? </li></ul><ul><li>Comparing dis-intermediation st...
Questions you must ask <ul><li>What has been published on the topic? Who are the popular  writers ? From which  country or...
Can use or not?!
Task 1 <ul><li>Select a  research topic  (incl. the research  question ) </li></ul><ul><li>Perform a  literature review  <...
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  1. 1. Dissertation / Research Workshop
  2. 2. Workshop Structure <ul><li>Deep vs. Surface Learning </li></ul><ul><li>Closing Tips </li></ul>4 (Oc 27) <ul><li>Present report on research methods </li></ul><ul><li>Quantitative & Qualitative Research Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Research Ethics and Reminders </li></ul>3 (Oct 23) <ul><li>Refine and submit Lit. Review </li></ul><ul><li>Begin work on research methods : quantitative, qualitative, pros’ and cons’, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Plagiarism, Referencing & Citation </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction to Research Strategy and Methods </li></ul>2 (Oct 20) <ul><li>Choose a topic </li></ul><ul><li>Perform Lit. Review </li></ul><ul><li>Literature Review </li></ul>1 (Oct 13) Your Resp. Topic Day
  3. 3. Structure of Your Paper <ul><li>Title page </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of authenticity </li></ul><ul><li>Acknowledgements </li></ul><ul><li>Abstract </li></ul><ul><li>Contents </li></ul><ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Literature review </li></ul><ul><li>Research Methods </li></ul><ul><li>Research Background and Findings </li></ul><ul><li>Analysis </li></ul><ul><li>Conclusions </li></ul><ul><li>References / Bibliography </li></ul><ul><li>Appendices </li></ul>
  4. 4. WHY do a literature review?
  5. 5. The literature review <ul><li>Purpose </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To demonstrate your knowledge of theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Shows how you research relates to previous work </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Explains main points of relevant theory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Discusses themes - critical comparison </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides theories which form analytical tools for your project - informs primary research </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Helps in evaluation of your arguments </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Provides basis for evaluating your evidence and drawing your conclusions </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. To ensure your argument is strongly rooted in theory and previous works
  7. 7. To understand the themes of the topic
  8. 8. HOW do you select a research topic?
  9. 9. Be passionate about your topic!
  10. 10. Topic should not be too narrow or too broad
  11. 11. Samples of Topics
  12. 12. Finance <ul><li>The Rapid development of international micro-finance. </li></ul><ul><li>Micro-finance in the banking industry. </li></ul><ul><li>The demand for collective investment schemes in the; A strategic analysis, discussion and recommendations. </li></ul><ul><li>Constraints to the development of a fully-fledged microfinance market in Malaysia. </li></ul><ul><li>The awareness of microfinance in developing economies and its impact. </li></ul><ul><li>How important it is access to credit and other financial services to growth and investment? </li></ul><ul><li>Partnership between the public and private sectors is crucial: Is it true? </li></ul><ul><li>Access to financial services, in particular for the poor, including through microfinance and microcredit: An empirical study in Malaysia </li></ul><ul><li>Financial innovation in Europe and Asia: A comparative study. </li></ul><ul><li>Financial viability of selected financial products available in the local market. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Logistics <ul><li>Order recording and order processing solutions of a commercial firm (storage). </li></ul><ul><li>Organization of commercial good distribution; line planning solutions in practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Carrying trade solutions, contractual connections in practice. </li></ul><ul><li>Results and problems in commercial logistics showing a special firm. </li></ul><ul><li>Statement of combined transportation, development opportunities, organizations. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of train transportation, its regulation and practical solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>The role of highway transportation, its regulations and practical solutions. </li></ul><ul><li>Critical analysis of the technology and logistics of a wholesale storage. </li></ul><ul><li>Critical analysis of a choosen logistics service centre. </li></ul>
  14. 14. Marketing <ul><li>Marketing mix for a brand-new restaurant in Chinatown? </li></ul><ul><li>Comparing dis-intermediation strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Revamping the marketing image of government organisations </li></ul><ul><li>Global marketing strategies of American car industry versus the Japanese car industry. </li></ul><ul><li>How do McDonalds market its products to its customers as compared to KFC? </li></ul><ul><li>Online marketing versus direct marketing. Which is a better strategy? </li></ul><ul><li>Evolution of Services marketing </li></ul>
  15. 15. Questions you must ask <ul><li>What has been published on the topic? Who are the popular writers ? From which country or context are they writing from? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the key issues or problems of the subject? What are the main theories, ideas and arguments ? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the unanswered questions? </li></ul>
  16. 16. Can use or not?!
  17. 17. Task 1 <ul><li>Select a research topic (incl. the research question ) </li></ul><ul><li>Perform a literature review </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Write a 300-word (minimum) essay reviewing the literature of your topic </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Produce references from at least </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>10 e-articles or e-book accessed from the e-library </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>5 books (other than your textbook) </li></ul></ul></ul>Submission Deadline: October 20 th , 9.00am You are NOT allowed to cite Wikipedia!
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