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Introduction to Research Methodology for PhD

One of the most integral part of a Ph.D. is the research method. This explains how the research would be conducted, which are the various methodology, data collection, and analysis tools which would be used by the student. A basic understanding of research is to find a solution to a problem or formulating new theories. The main objective of research can be group as:

  • Exploratory research
  • Descriptive research
  • Diagnostic research
  • Hypothesis testing studies

    One should have a clear understanding of there is research. It is crucial to have a research design, describing the details on how students plan to perform her/his research. While preparing a research design can be challenging tasks, It’s essential to have a thorough understanding of the following:
  • Laying the foundation of research – objective, motivation, utility.
  • Problem identification and formulation – Research questions, Hypothesis
  • Research Design – Concept and Importance in Research
  • Concept of measurement, causality, generalization, replication.
  • Concept of measurement – Nominal, Ordinal, Interval, Ratio.
  • Sampling, Analysis, and use of tools and techniques

    There are multiple courses available online about research methodology to develop a better understanding.
    A few of the books which can be used to understand research methodology are
    1. Business Research Methods – Donald Cooper & Pamela Schindler, TMGH, 9th edition
    2. Business Research Methods – Alan Bryman & Emma Bell, Oxford University Press.
    3. Research Methodology – C.R.Kothari
    Reference Links
    1. https://pdfs.semanticscholar.org/44d1/4b617745d0798deacef3250d3a6889bd1f74.pdfhttps:// www.intechopen.com/books/cyberspace/research-design-and-methodology

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