Effectiveness of Outsourcing for Small Business Discussion
Data collection is a very critical stage of the overall research process as it provides the information needed to answer the research questions. Since data collection also involves a large investment of resources, it is important to plan properly to ensure data is collected on the key variables specified by the research question(s) and conceptual approach and that the data collection plan is appropriate for the target population to secure constructive participation in the study (Kviz, 2020).
As presented in the textbook, three core data collection methods are used most often in business research: Interviewing, Observation and Questionnaires (Semarang & Bougie, 2016). For this assignment, you will be required to analyze these three methods of data collection and determine which method might be most suitable for the study to be conducted in your business research proposal. This assignment will also require you to explore biblical principles that might help to inform ethical data collection processes and research practices. Please address the following areas for this assignment:
Briefly analyze the data collection methods of interviewing, observation and questionnaires and how they can be advantageous in business research.
Which data collection method will best align with the research question identified in your business research proposal? Provide a rationale for your selection.
Based on your research question, what key variables will you measure in the data collection process?
What will be the target population?
Describe how you will ensure your selected data collection process is informed by sound, ethical principles. Discuss the overarching biblical principles that align, at a minimum, with the ethical guidelines outlined in the Belmont Report, respect for persons, beneficence, and justice. Scriptural references should be included.