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For several years, we taught and advised many undergraduate students how to successfully research and write a thesis. We've tried to distill here the steps you need to take when embarking on a large, academic research project.
The process starts with choosing an interesting topic and developing it into a practical and answerable research question. You then need to decide on the best research designs and data collection methods, before actually carrying out the research itself. After analysing your data, discussing your results and drawing your conlcusions, you'll have to write about it all in a report that could be anywhere between 10,000 and 20,000 words. This may seem to be a daunting task for many students, so to get you started, here are some of the most frequently asked questions about the undergraduate thesis from my class.
First, choose a topic. Some examples of topics from previous student projects have been:
Ideally, you should be passionate about your topic, or it should be of relevance to your future career. But the topic is just your starting point - you need to investigate the current issues, problems or opportunities, and all this is preliminary to the real questions that your thesis will discuss.
About 20% to 25% of the time you spend on your thesis should be dedicated to the preliminary investigation of your topic. This means that you need to spend 2 to 3 months doing a lot of reading, and talking to a lot of people about it. Here’s a list of things that you should do.
You won’t be able to find a research question until you’ve thoroughly investigated your topic and identified the real issues that are interesting. From your list of issues, you can start to think about specific situations that you can study.
Here are some examples of focused research questions for the topic “Poverty in Africa”:
Here are some examples of focused research questions for the topic “Music and marketing”:
Many students worry that if their research question is too focused, they won’t be able to write enough about it. However, even if your question seems small, your topic is still broad, and first you'll need to write about the larger issues that you discovered in your initial investigation.
The list below was created for a graduate research seminar, but can be used as a general resource for anyone interested in reading about how to do academic business or management research. It contains links to Amazon for some of the books. These are items that have been used in classes, and that both students and faculty have found useful. If you need to know more, please contact us.
The Umea University, Department of Educational Measurement, contains information, documents and conference proceedings relating to tertiary education in Europe.
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Here are some recent publications of interest.
|Gordon||(2004)||An empire of wealth||New York||Harper Perennial|
|Bonner||(2006)||Empire of debt||Hoboken||John Wiley|
|Steele-Gordon||(1999)||The great game||London||Orion|
|O'Glove||(1987)||Quality of earnings||New York||Free Press|
Enron: the smartest guys in the room. (2005) Directed by Alex Gibney [dvd]. HDNet Films.
Fox, L. (2003) Enron: the rise and fall. John Wiley.
McLean, B. and Elkind, P. (2003) The smartest guys in the room: the amazing rise and scandalous fall of Enron. Portfolio.
This is a very entertaining website.