BUS606 Business Research Proposal and Literature Review

BUS606 Business Research Proposal and Literature Review


(a) Demonstrate an advanced ability to initiate and prepare an original research proposal.

(b) Demonstrate an advanced ability to prepare a literature review based on the support of an original research proposal.

(c) Demonstrate a critical appreciation of the ethical issues associated with an original research proposal and their implications for the research and for the acceptability of the research by an ethics review committee.

(d) Critically evaluate the coherence, relevance and methodological merits of a given body of literature.

(e) Demonstrate a critical understanding of the theoretical,  practical and professional contexts and significance of the research.

(f) Prepare a literature review that identifies and discriminates between concepts, issues, key findings and relevant theories most pertinent to the research proposal which the review supports.

  • Knowledge and Understanding
  • Content and exploration of theories and ideas
  • Analysis, synthesis and critical engagement
  • Technical skills and referencing

In this task, you will develop a research proposal for a research project addressing Leadership and Management issues that is aligned to one of the Research Clusters in the School of Business. This research proposal will be used to allocate your Research Supervisors who will be appointed to supervisor your Master of Business Research thesis and will also be reviewed by the Research Committee to complete your Confirmation of Candidature requirements.

Drawing on your synthesis of the existing research literature in business and allied fields, you will identify a research question based on the theoretical, professional, or organizational ‘gap’ for a business problem that your proposed research will address. You will analyze the implications of various theoretical approaches in order to choose and develop an appropriate theoretical framework for your research. You will analyze the strengths and weaknesses of various methodological approaches before choosing and justifying a preferred methodology for your research.

You research proposal and literature review should comprise the following sections:

Research Project Title: A working title for the Master of Business Research thesis that is no more than 12 words

Research Cluster: Identify the Research Cluster aligned to your research project

Cluster 1: Leadership and Management of Large Corporations

Cluster 2: Leadership and Management of Not-for Profit Organisations

 Cluster 3: Leadership and Management of Start-ups, SMEs and Family Business

Cluster 4: Leadership and Management of Technological and

Cluster 5: Leadership and Management of Sustainable Business Operations

Cluster 6: Leadership and Management of Government and Multilateral Organisations

Cluster 7: Leadership and Management of Tourism and Hospitality Organisations

Executive Summary of the Research Project: In one paragraph state the purpose of the research, the research approach and the conclusion from the project.

Introduction: The introduction should provide an overview of the research project and issues addressed by the research. Place yourproject in conversation with other projects on similar topics. Justification for the Research: Provide justifications for your project by explaining the need for the research, why your proposedresearch is important and what is the expected contribution of your research to the field of study.

Review of literature: The literature review should address and  synthesise the relevant literature and prior research in the parent disciplines and relevant sub-disciplines.

Statement of Expected Research Contribution: Prepare a statement outlining what is the expected contribution of your research project to the filed of research in the areas of theoreticaldevelopment, methodological practice, leadership and / or management practice, policy or regulatory development or other areas of contribution.

Research timetable: Develop a timetable that will enable you to complete your proposed research thesis within the two semesters of study for the Master of Business Research thesis. This timetable must be realistic and you will be held accountable to meeting this timetable by your supervisors.

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