Purpose Of Research Methodology

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The main purpose of this chapter is to provide an outline of the research methods that will be used and to explain the procedures that will be employed to collect the data in the intended study.
Since the scope of the study has been determined, and its aim and objectives have also been identified, it is very important to outline the methodology that will be adopted to pursue the issues relating to the research questions. This involves indicating the particular research philosophy and strategic approach that will be assumed by the researcher.
Research is a systematic investigation to increase the sum of knowledge (Fellows and Liu, 2003). Marshal and Rossman (2006) define research as a systematic inquiry to provide a better understanding of
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According to Williams (2007), research is sometimes erroneously regarded as the gathering information, documenting of facts, and rummaging through previously collected data for information. Contrary to this opinion, research is the process of collecting, analyzing, and interpreting data in order to understand a phenomenon (Leedy & Omrod, 2005).
Therefore, the researcher needs to be able to argue convincingly that new knowledge that is valuable has been added to the body of knowledge ( Sekaran , 2003). However, according to Sekaran (2003) research can be defined as, “an organized, systemic, data- based, critical, scientific inquiry or investigation into a specific problem, undertaken with the objective of finding answers or solutions to
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The research process starts with asking at least one question about a specific phenomenon of interest, the research question will help a researcher to direct attention, thoughts, efforts, in deciding on the most suitable approach to answer the question and then make sense of the phenomenon of interest (Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill, 2009). To ensure that others appreciate the results of the research, a researcher needs to explain the philosophical approach that has been used in answering the research question that in essence helps to validate the research outcome (Saunders, Lewis, & Thornhill,
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