June 7, 2017 at 5:57 pm
I have chosen topic 6 for my RAP and I am happy with the models, company and primary data that will be involved. However coming from a country with a lack of employment and industry statistics etc:
1. To what extent is secondary data used in the project? Based on the research questions for this topic can I control how much importance is given to secondary data as against applying the models in the project?
2. Is a comparator organisation necessary for this topic?
3. Can research from similar studies in similar organisations outside my country be used as secondary data?
Grateful for your adviceJune 8, 2017 at 12:56 am
1. Secondary data is important to put your work into an appropriate context. For example to show whether pay rates and Terms and conditions in your chosen organisation are typical or inferior/superior as these factors might affect the results of your primary data. Regarding models / techniques with T6 these are normally good application of about 3 different motivation theories.
2. No, a comparator as such is not normally required but if you have a problem with supplying statistics for pay rates and standard T & Cs (holiday, sick pay, other workplace benefits for example) then you may use another company as,a comparator.
3. Yes, I think this would be appropriate. Also I think it could be appropriate too to question whether theories like Maslow and Herzberg which were created in the 1950s and 70s in the USA are applicable in both the 21st century and across cultural contexts. ( These could be part of the research objectives).
It is using data to draw comparisons and presenting balanced arguments that could lift work to a higher grade as critical thought normally leads to a good pass.June 9, 2017 at 4:01 am
I have some additional thoughts.
I plan to use an online questionnaire and selected interviews for primary research and available journals, articles etc for secondary data.
I’ve seen in the exemplars referencing to secondary research throughout the project eg. for definitions etc. so would it be correct to assume that even mentioning generational, cultural contexts will have to be supported by research or is there room for my opinions.
I ask also because I think I’ve seen on these forums that a literature review was involved and this somewhat limits the analysis to what is mentioned there.June 9, 2017 at 8:47 pm
@rajiv – the literary review involving I would suggest about 3 motivation theories or possibly 4 (but no more) is in part 2. In the limitations section you are entitled to question (with appropriate reasons) whether some of the theories are relevant in your cultural context. For example if you were doing your research on a tea company you could suggest that the security aspect of Maslow is probably more relevant to tea pickers than self-actualization though the latter may apply to middle managers. Is Herzberg really applicable outside developed nations as it may be a case of work or starve and where competition for jobs is great a worker may do their best to keep their jobs.
The theories can appear a bit static however the applicability can change. I notice that more and more people in the UK go along with the ‘long-hours’ culture not because they are motivated to work harder but fear job loss,and getting in debt (perhaps this is a modern day update of McGregor where fear is used to drive performance?). You are entitled to build up arguments like this but try to support them with articles and reputable opinion where possible.
Online questionnaires are fine but test out your questions first on a few colleagues to ensure they are clear, understood and unambiguous.
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