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Appraise the Merits of Using the Qualitative Method

 

BUS-7380 Assignment # 2

 

 

For the assignment this week, you were to write conclusive reasoning why you believe that qualitative research with the use of mixed-method design may be able to answer your type of research questions. Even though the readings and activities were called introspective by the author of the assignment, you were told to use scholarly knowledge to back your thoughts or ideas. The author of this assignment was extremely explanatory as to what he wanted to see in this paper. This week, instead of giving a script, the author of the assignment gave an outline to follow.

Within a 3- to 5-page paper, using 5 or more scholarly sources, you were to follow an outline that started with an overview of qualitative design, determine a way to employ mixed methods approach in your design, connect it with your degree field, explain how mixed-method design would affect your research, then construct a framework for your research problem. The author wanted you to focus on the framework of your possible qualitative research within this paper. Each one of these sections of the outline could have been larger than the one to two paragraphs that were asked for. Therefore, much of this needed to be very succinct, clear, and concise writing that followed the reading material found in this week’s required readings. To be able to keep this under 5 pages while making sure that your theoretical or conceptual framework for your topic’s research problem was the main idea of this paper, it seems as if your idea for your proposed research should have been the main idea throughout the entire paper.

The feedback process consisted of a four-part summary (four-parts listed below), a few short, location-specific balloon-comments found within the margins of the text, and the highlighting of grammar, punctuation, or APA styling errors found within the text. Make sure that you view your document with the track changes (review toolbar) set to ALL MARKUP to be able to see all the comments.

The summary is split into four parts. These four parts consist of grammar/punctuation, conformity with APA style citations, conformity with APA style references, and content. The order of the parts listed does not intend to emphasize the importance of the parts as the content is always the most important part of the assignment. Therefore, it is listed at the end because normal memory concentrates on what was heard / read last.

What was found:

Grammar/ Punctuation

There was mostly a lack of punctuation problems throughout your writing. Most of the problems dealt with comma usage, which led to some issues with run-on sentences. Do not forget to use the free Grammarly program that NCU provides to the students through NCU’s Academic Success Center. There was a link to the direct source in the feedback for assignment 1. This software program will help determine if you do need a comma placed within your sentence. It can help you to learn where to place the commas as you write. Many of your problems were with missing commas after introductory clauses, between independent clauses, in compound sentences, conjunctions, and before the word”which”. Missing commas in compound sentences led to run-on sentences. Make sure you proofread or enlist another to help proofread your work prior to submitting it. There are also some places that are missing an article prior to a noun. The placement of this article is needed for a proper sentence. Each time that a grammatical or punctuation error within your work, I have highlighted it.

 

APA style citations

There were citations that were not in APA format within your work. There are also areas where citations were needed but were missing. When you use the ideas or work of others, you must use a citation. This seems most evident whenever you had an explanation of a definition, such as the mixed-method approach and qualitative or quantitative methodology. The citations that had APA errors are highlighted, and the places that needed a citation are marked using the marginal comments.

 

APA style references

It seems like all of your references are missing the digital object identifier if it was a scholarly journal article or where it was published if it was a book. Make sure that you put “the where” when you reference your source. This seems to be the only thing missing from your sources.

 

Content

Although all the questions were notated, they were not answered with enough detail to explain the processes. You were to overview of qualitative design, determine a way to employ mixed methods approach in your design, connect it with your degree field, explain how mixed-method design would affect your research, then construct a framework for your research problem. You seemed to explain that the concepts are important in the field of business and in the field of diversity. You did not give an overview of qualitative design or explain the main components of qualitative design. What type of research is qualitative? You mentioned that a mixed-method approach will also fit with business and the field of diversity but you do not explain how. You also do not explain how mixed methods could affect your research. Having good research is not explaining the effect of it. Another example of the lack of detail in the answer is within the question of the framework. You did not construct a theoretical or conceptual framework for your research problem within this paper. I wonder if you are missing the idea of what the theoretical or conceptual framework might be. Look at this source from NCU’s library for more information on theoretical Frameworks:

https://ncu.libanswers.com/faq/220565

 

This source may help you understand the reasoning and construction of the framework. You will need this for your dissertation and any research project as you go forward. Another helpful resource can also be found using the library database and can quickly be found using this website:

https://commons.ncu.edu/sites/default/files/file_file/the_theoretical_framework.pdf

 

If you still have problems with the idea of a conceptual or theoretical framework you can find more help in a group session with NCU’s Academic Success Center by following this link:

https://ncu.libanswers.com/asc/faq/239140

I have heard that students have received loads of help determining their own theoretical framework by attending the group sessions.

I hope that one of these sources can help you realize if you are using a conceptual or theoretical framework. These are two different objectives. One of them works better in qualitative methodology and the other works better in a quantitative methodology. It does not seem as if you pulled this concept out of your required reading for this week, but the theoretical or conceptual framework is a necessity in research methods of any sort. The theoretical or conceptual framework is also going to follow you throughout the next 5- weeks of this course. You will need to understand the concept behind the framework as you move forward.You will need to know your conceptual or theoretical framework as you go forward.

 

Because I was late getting your feedback back to you, I have graded your submission extremely liberally. Your email will answer your question about assignment 3. You had a choice within my reply to your email. This liberal grading had nothing to do with your choice. This grading of assignment 2 is just because I lost you and my grading process. I apologize again for any discomfort that this may have put upon you.

If you have any questions about any part of this, please feel free to contact me via Skype or NCU email.

 

V. Lindsay, PhD 8.5 /10 10/19/19

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overview of Qualitative Research

Qualitative research is one of the methodologies that can be used when studying the effects of diversity in the workplace. The use of qualitative research is important because it is a good way of managing and simplifying data without ruining the context and the complexity (Atieno, 2009). The qualitative methods are critical in areas where the preemptive cutting out of data will prevent the full discovery of the intended topic. It is important to use the qualitative approach when looking at diversity in the workplace because it will help in discovering more and doing justice to the topic and making more complex interpretations of the same (Walliman, 2017). The qualitative method is also important because it generates a new way of interpreting the data that might already be there. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: How? Explain how you can do this by using qualitative methodology. You are not fully answering the questions asked of you. It is important to use qualitative methodology while looking at diversity, but the question asked how you would do it. How are you going to use the qualitative methodology to answer your research question? What is qualitative methodology? What is the overview of qualitative research? The idea that it is important is true, but how is it important to research? Read your question and explain the question that the author asked.

The use of the qualitative research in this case is also important because it will help to understand the issue of diversity in the workplace in deep detail. The phenomena of diversity in the workplace is not widely researched and the use of the qualitative research will help in understanding the core concerns of the essence of having a diverse workplace (Cameron, R., & Molina-Azorin, 2011). The use of qualitative research requires one to have a clear topic as well as the necessary concentration to deal with such matters. In research it is important that the method fits the kind of data which is to be collected. The qualitative research method is appropriate for the use in the study on diversity in the workplace. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: This word is the plural version of the phenomenon. Therefore, the plural version of the verb should be used. If you meant to use the singular version of the word, the phenomenon, it was mistakenly written as the plural. Make sure that you proofread your work to keep this from happening. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: What kind of data is collected when using qualitative research? You never explained this. This is one of the most important concepts when qualitative research is discussed.

Potential of Using Mixed Method s

Mixed methods have been used in the social science research for a long time, but it is yet to be fully embraced in business research. Mixed methods involve combining the elements of both qualitative and quantitative research (Harrison III, 2013). The use of mixed methods helps in increasing the depth of understanding on a topic through the various approaches. I believe that there is potential of using methods when it comes to the study of diversity in the workplace. Qualitative data is made up of words while the quantitative one is made up of numbers. I believe using the both can be beneficial to the study. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Don’t use first- or second-person voice within academic papers. Be careful of doing this in the future. Most academics do not allow it, and APA forbids second person and only allows first person in a few cases. APA states that the use of it causes a disconnect with the reader. Authors of research do not want a disconnect with the reader. If you would like to know more about the use of first- or second-person voice, please see page 69 of the APA 6th ed Publication Manual. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Citation needed. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Explain why.

The qualitative data that is obtained can the coded in a quantitative manner. The numerical values can be used in certain ways to further interpret the results of the study. The values are also better when it comes to examining the hypotheses that are presented (Harrison III, 2013). The use of quantitative coding does not mean that the information is less qualitative but what it does is open up the data to a wide range of possibilities. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Is to open the data…

The mixed methods approach can be used to study the diversity in the workplace. The data obtained qualitatively can be coded for further interpretation of the results. There is no method that exists alone in a vacuum and therefore such an approach is important. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Hypen needed for mixed-methods Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: You need to explain how this can happen. There is no explanation here. Knowing that it can happen is good, but discussing how it can be done is necessary for the question to be answered fully. How would you use the mixed-method approach to find the answer to your proposed research question?

Degree Path Influence on Research Approach

The degree path that I am taking is of business administration. Business research has been there for a long time and there are various studies that have been done on various topics in the area. It is important, however, to note that business is continuously changing in response to the environment that it is in. It is critical to make sure that there is up to date information in business administration that can help guide the core decision makers in the industry. There are limited studies that have been done on the role of diversity in the workplace and whether it is necessary. The issue of diversity has been for long been a political issue but it is now important to look at it from a practical business side. Is there are benefit to the business when there is diversity? When such a question is properly answered using data and statistics, the decision makers will make an informed choice on the way ahead in the days ahead. Business administrators will be able to make better choices when hiring and other business decisions. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: No need to make this into a prepositional phrase. Remove “of” Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: I am unclear as to what this means in this context. What are you trying to say here? Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: What is “it” in this sentence? Why is “it” important? This is not clear. You may want to use the word not the pronoun. Clarity is key when answering the question in a short, precise answer such as this one. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: There is no citation or a source throughout this whole paragraph. How do you know that any of this is true? Where did the information come from?

World View and Research

The world view that one has will have an effect on the research. The thoughts on the business will be significant effect on the outcome of the research. It is the significance of the research on diversity that is influencing this research. The researcher is keen to have data and statistics which either support the diversity in the work place or the lack of it. The workplace needs to be as diverse as the consumers which it serves, and I believe this research will act as a guide on this issue. Diversity needs to go further from being a political issue to one which is data driven with clear benefits of the same being discovered (De Aquino & Robertson, 2018). Diversity has been a core issue in workplaces, and it is important to add onto the body of literature that seeks to understand the role of diversity in multicultural settings around the world. The conceptual framework is aligned to ensure the results reflect the true state of diversity in the workplace. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: What does this mean? This does not make sense as written. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Citation? Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Place of work = workplace = one word. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: People = who Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Citation of the source where you found the information that makes you believe this? Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: APA does not condone the use of subjects that are not people using people verbs. This is called anthropomorphism. Check the APA 6th edition Publication Manual page 69 for the explanation of anthropomorphism and the characteristics of them. Literature cannot seek to understand. People or authors of the literature can seek the information. It is much more clear when the authors are named as the actors. I understand what you are trying to state. However, you cannot allow inanimate objects to do things that only people can do. This is an example of anthropomorphism. It is not allowed in APA. Basically, you are allowing a thing to do the human action. Make your subject into a human. “The researchers seek to find…. “For more information go to this website:https://academicguides.waldenu.edu/writingcenter/apa/other/anthropomorphism

 

References Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: It seems like all of your references are missing the digital object identifier if it was a scholarly journal article or where it was published if it was a book. Make sure that you put “the where” when you reference your source. This seems to be the only thing missing from your sources.

Harrison III, R. L. (2013). Using mixed methods designs in the Journal of Business Research, 1990–2010. Journal of Business Research66(11), 2153-2162. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Needs digital object identifier or URL

Atieno, O. P. (2009). An analysis of the strengths and limitation of qualitative and quantitative research paradigms. Problems of Education in the 21st Century13(1), 13-38. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Are you sure that this is the correct wording of the article? It does not match the agreement of “strengths”. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Needs digital object identifier or URL

Cameron, R., & Molina-Azorin, J. F. (2011). The acceptance of mixed methods in business and management research. International Journal of Organizational Analysis19(3), 256-271. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Needs digital object identifier or URL

Walliman, N. (2017). Research methods: The basics. Routledge. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Where published?

De Aquino, C. T. E., & Robertson, R. W. (2018). Diversity and Inclusion in the Global Workplace. Springer. Comment by Vicki Lindsay, PhD: Where published?

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