March 11, 2015 at 8:22 pm
@bishicumber – It’s fine to have different questionnaires provided you can justify why you need two different surveys. A principle of research is that you should not pre-judge the results so it may not be obvious to the marker why you have decided on two questionnaires. Therefore you will need to explain your approach adequately.
The most important thing with any questionnaire for T6 is that it must be related to the motivation theories. T6 is “A critical review of key factors or indicators in the motivation of employees in an organisation” so that is precisely what your research needs to focus on (not the age and demographics of the respondents). In your findings you need to show questionnaire results and then refer back to what these demonstrate in terms of the appropriate theories.
Ensure your questions are relevant, unambiguous and clear so that respondents are able to answer them truthfully and easily. You must also set out your methodology and ensure that you have adhered to the principles and protocols of good research so please read Phil Clarke’s article on p.36 of the Information Pack. (I keep citing this like a chorus on this forum because poorly written and conducted questionnaires, inadequately explained methodology and findings that try to imply that something is proved but where the evidence for such statements is flimsy – even possibly totally fabricated – are all commonly cited by markers in their feedback to failed students)March 17, 2015 at 4:29 pm
@trephena , thanks alot. i have ensured that already, but will just review for confirmation. ThanksMarch 21, 2015 at 2:05 pm
No question just waiting for results!!!!!!!!!!!!!!April 1, 2015 at 10:41 pm
Hi, I am doing topic 6 and was advised by my mentor to focus on one theorist only, I based my questionnaire on Herzberg’s motivators and hygiene factors which I stated in simple language and the questions covered all the factors, so I think that I am okay there, but now I am reading posts that suggest, that I should include more than one theorist, should I be worried that I am not comparing theorists or should I focus on creating a really solid RAP on the one that I am doing?April 2, 2015 at 8:56 am
My advise is that you need to include more than one theorist atleast three(3).This will help you in part in your analysis stage.Its very important.One theory might not address all the issues needed in your report.i used atleast 3 theorists and the MARKER never flaged it, so its fine
All the best
JosephApril 2, 2015 at 4:20 pm
Thanks much for your advise Joseph, I can’t figure out why my mentor would not suggest that….I will reconstruct accordingly and hope that I do a good job of it.April 8, 2015 at 7:19 pm
@jenique – I concur with Joseph – you need to use more than one theory as no one theory alone explains all motivational aspects. I think if you use just one theory a marker is more likely to think that you have not really considered and researched the subject adequately and could fail on Information Gathering and possibly Evaluation & Analysis.
Again I agree with Joseph – research about 3 different theories (or possibly 4) – but no more and maybe choose from Maslow/Herzberg/Alderfer and Vroom/McClelland/Adams. I really like Adams (if you don’t know it then http://www.mindtools.com/pages/article/newLDR_96.htm breifly outlines it).
The important thing though is to APPLY them to your findings. This is easier if you design your questions around the various aspects of the theories and make the questions CLEAR. Then the conclusions you draw from your results should be valid rather than tenuous.April 10, 2015 at 10:52 pm
I hope everyone here is in good shape.
Dear All, thank you for the information you have been of great help.
I have just started to work on this topic and a question that popped up into my mind is that can we compare two companies and analyse how the extrinsic and intrinsic factors have motivated them and compare the results of questionnaire.
In case, we compare two companies; can they be from two different industries (like taking a telecommunication marketing department and comparing it with a softdrink company marketing department) or have to be from similar industry?
For questionnaire, we can further drill down into say Maslow motivation theory, physiological needs? i.e. the working hours are adequate to keep employees motivated like a recent case study showed that the reduced number of hours result in greater motivation then stretched working hours. Then in case of Security needs? The pay scale, security (insurances, health etc).
Do you believe the combination of these motivational theories would be adequate: Maslow, Herzberg, Vroom & Adams?
There were some other questions that I had been brainstorming recently, like the work environment, lockouts, payscales, employee-employer relationship, hierarchy adequately defined – promotions prospects, training?
In addition, while devising the questionnaire? should we follow a particular pattern like starting with the gender percentages etc or come to the core points directly?
Thanking you in advance.April 11, 2015 at 12:36 am
@fahad – It is not necessary to have a comparator company as the topic title of T6 is about motivation of employees in AN organisation not a comparison. You are best off focusing well on the motivation theories and drawing up questions on these. Demographic Questions (gender, age etc) do not normally have anything to do with the theories themselves so are of little use. However the aspects in your penultimate paragraph would be worth exploring and as the theories you mention are all appropriate it would be beneficial to explore your ideas on working hours and expand on this (maybe workplace stress for example?). I know from marker comments they like work that ‘goes the extra mile’ and shows a bit of innovation and good all round approach and is what they look for in giving higher gradesMay 12, 2015 at 3:31 pm
Hi all i got some concerns i wish to clear out on Topic 6.
1. I have included the organizational structure of the company in the appendix, my issue is that it carries names on it. Just the first names on the various positions. Is this an issue?Note; actually i intentionally did not take it out because there was am aspect of multitasking in the case study which i intend to use the organigramme to better highlight.
Am i doing it OK?
2. i have been told i have to include a financial statement and talk about financial aspects to complete some objectives. But in my opinion i have not done that and don’t intend to. Reasons being that i dont really see it imperative because none of my objectives or even questions are financially related.
Is my opinion ok?
please will be waiting to hear from you all. Thanks in advanceMay 12, 2015 at 4:15 pm
i think with regards to Q1, i do not think that can be a problem but from my understanding it appears that you are likely to complicate your questionnaire and the Analysis and Evaluation aspect.This is because you will need to analyze information for example directors motivational issues as well as a General workers motivational issues.Otherwise ,my advise is that ,if this is your initial preps better have a second look at it.if it is a markers/moderator post it as it is then i will advise you better.
Finstats are not necessary ,but an analysis of them and out they affect the motivation issues that you have raised is key
JosephMay 12, 2015 at 6:10 pm
1. As this is just first names it does not seem a problem – particularly if you are relating this to your results. As well as using it to help with your multi-tasking aspect you can use this to ‘personalise’ your results if appropriate to differentiate between different categories of workers and it may make it easier for the reader to see the points you are making if your organisation chart is clear (in fact I quite like the idea!), e.g. Robert and Alphonse felt that being made senior managers had motivated them not just because of monetary rewards but because of the recognition of their efforts. This accords with the Theory of XXXXX; Poor working conditions were theorized by ZZZZZ as a demotivator and there is a high turnover of staff at the lower administrative level. Florence, a general administrator commented that poor working conditions, in particular long hours and/or no sick pay, was the reason that several of her colleagues had left and was likely to lead to her quitting soon too. This tends to indicate that employees in this organisation would value good working conditions and the absence of these is having a negative effect on lower grades.
2. I don’t know who told you that “you have to include a financial statement” as this is fallacious in the context of Topic 6. However where a few financial facts might be useful is after you have analysed your results: you could see if there is any correlation between motivation and increasing revenue (over the last few years) or conversely a negative correlation if revenue is falling as employees seem to be demotivated or there is high staff turnover – but note – you can only say this is tentative as you have only conducted your survey this year and the financial statements were for a period(s) before you even did your survey but you could put suggesting monitoring this position in your recommendations (even you do not actually do it!). This is not totally necessary for a pass if you have done everything else well, just perhaps would be a useful ‘add-on’ if you have the time – but don’t worry either way about it. (Possibly someone who is able to do this over a period of time and use it appropriately in their work might be heading towards a higher grade….)May 13, 2015 at 4:39 am
Please help me with a resubmission statement format on topic 6 because its the only part remaining before I can resubmit my project.May 13, 2015 at 8:01 am
@ernest – It is a shame that you have left this until now – that is not the purpose of the resubmission statement as I explain in my article called “The Resubmission Statement – how a Good One is your Key to Success!” available on our homepage http://www.opentuition.com/obu
I suggest that you read it now and seriously consider if you have addressed all the issues raised by the marker.on your Feedback sheet – otherwise you will be wasting your time and money resubmitting.
Again I would remind students it is in their best interests to start drafting their resubmission statement BEFORE they commence their resubmission…..May 13, 2015 at 11:55 pm
Thanks a million for the resourceful advice from you Joseph and Trephena. I am so grateful.
Please i have some concerns
1. What are the obligatory inclusions on the title page of the RAP and SLS. Apart from the title, name ,ACCA number, word count and period. Any additions?
2. Please i need to have a detail step by step procedure from submission to payment of RAP fees, reasons being the person paying on my behalf is out of town and intends to travel. Can i pay before submission? how long do i have to pay after submission?
Thanks very much for all and waiting !May 14, 2015 at 7:26 am
1. That sounds about right for the cover sheets
2. Unfortunately I am only familiar with basic Admin matters as they tend to change over time. The current submission fee of GBP 191 is payable at the time of uploading your work (according to p.51 of the Information Pack)
I think there are various methods that are acceptable (bank transfer and credit card I think are the usual but there may be others however I don’t think Paypal is available). Perhaps some students who have recent experience may be able to provide more details of the actual process for you.
Whether you can pay in advance is something that you might need to contact OBU about if this is critical. The email address is firstname.lastname@example.orgMay 14, 2015 at 8:28 am
1.Below the Period ,you can as well include Oxford Brookes University otherwise thats about right
2.With regards to someone paying for you.i will suggest if its possible that they credit your account and then you pay yourself.The steps are the usual ones,once you long into the OBU account,you will be expected to upload all the necessary file including RAP,SLS andAppendix.After this step you will be directed to the payment method/options so that you can pay the required amounts.once that is done, you will receive the confirmation mail that you successfully submitted the RAP and it will indicate the date of the results.There different payment options ,but you only have to pick one which is appropriate to your circumstances.
JosephMay 14, 2015 at 8:51 am
Thanks very much for the advice. Am so blest with you all here at OT.August 15, 2015 at 6:46 pm
i am planning to do topic 6 for Nov session. can anyone provide me with some guidance as where to start and which company i could use. I dnt know any company with enough employees to get information for the survey partSeptember 13, 2015 at 7:41 pm
@krol3 – as you do not have a suitable company this topic is not really appropriate for you. I suggest that you consider an alternative topic such as T20 and T17 (see the Topic 17 Forum where I talk through a Ugandan student, alfred and others on how to address this topic successfully). There are also many tips on T20 on our Topic 20 forum. Alternatively you can always do Topic 8. None of these topics require primary data collectionSeptember 23, 2015 at 4:46 pm
Congrants!!! Iam encouraged that is the topic iam doing also for Period 31 submission.September 23, 2015 at 6:03 pm
Which is the best method can I use, for topic 6, to come up with a sample size from a population size of 110 employees? If iam studying the organization I currently work for, should I declare in my report that i’m a practitioner-researcher and mention the risks involved with this?September 24, 2015 at 2:26 pm
You can as well make reference to the work of Reid
Reid, S. (1987). Working with statistics: An introduction to quantitative methods for
Social scientists. London: Polity.
Please look through on the suitable method and understand how to use it.
Yes you can use the Company you work for but you need to consider ethical issues and you need to obtain permission from the Manager.You also need to consider the response rate as this will help you determine the sample size
JosephSeptember 25, 2015 at 3:44 pm
Thanks a lot @joseph. I will consider that. Follow question, I chosen 4 theories to use in evaluation my finding for the organization I have selected, Now when formulating questions, is it ok for each theory to have specific set of question? example section 1 questions related to Maslows theory, Section 2, related to Adam Equity theory? Please help on this one, as iam at the stage of design of formulation of questionnaire and interview form. Advise also if there is a tool to use to design questionnaires.September 29, 2015 at 2:46 pm
@josnus .Firstly ,am not sure if i have got your questions right. It appears the data has been mixed up. Evaluation of data comes after data Collection .You can use even 3 theorist and other related Studies in your data Collection .Again you need to set up everything in your overall research approach.
With regards to the setting up of question, I think it does not matter so much as long as you are able to get the data you want. The most important thing in setting up your objectives is using SMART. The objectives set should be able to help you answer the Research questions. Instead of using both the Questionnaire and interview, a questionnaire alone is sufficient.
You should not indicate that question one is Maslow and question two is e.g Vroome.
The questions have to be simple but straight to the Point.
i hope I have answered your queries.
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