Upon completion of this assignment, students should be able to:

Evaluate published studies in the selected field focusing on the strengths and weaknesses  of the adopted research method (C6)

This assignment is worth 40 marks and it should be attempted in pairs.

The questions in this assignment are based on the following articles:

  1. Al-Shami, S., Mamun, A.A., Sidek, S. and Rashid, N. (2019), “Causes of failure among Malaysian female entrepreneurs: A qualitative case study of Malaysian microcredit borrowers”, Qualitative Research in Financial Markets, Vol. 12 No. 1, pp. 43-71.
  2. Al-Shami, S., Al-Hammadi, A.H., Al Hammadi, A., Rashid, N., Al-Lamy, H. and Eissa, D. (2019), “Online social networking websites in innovation capability and hotels’ performance in Malaysia”, Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Technology, Vol. ahead-of-print No. ahead-of-print.

Read the stated articles and type your answers on a separate piece of paper. Make sure you write your name and matric no the submitted sheet.

  1. Identify the problems/gaps that the authors aimed to address in the study. Were the problems clearly stated? Justify your answers (4 marks)
  2. State the objectives that the authors aim to achieve. Were these objectives appropriate? Justify your answer (4 marks)
  3. Was the chosen underlying theory support the problem of the study? Justify your answer? (4 marks)
  4. What is the type of research design adopted by the authors? Were the objectives of the research and the design congruent? Justify your answer (4 marks)
  5. What are the variables to be researched? Explain and give examples of the different types of variables chosen by the authors (4 marks)
  6. Answer the following questions with respect to the instrument employed in the study
    1. What instrument was used to measure the variables? Was it articulated clearly (2 marks)
    2. Were the variables accurately measured? (2 marks)
    3. How were the validity and the reliability of the instrument justified? (2 marks)
  7. The following questions relate to the sampling method adopted by the authors
    1. Was the population clearly specified? (2 marks)
    2. Was the sampling method clearly described? (2 marks)
    3. What was the type of sample? Explain (2 marks)
    4. Was the sampling size justified? Explain (2 marks)
  8. Explain whether the data analysis method is appropriate to accomplish the objective of the study (3 marks)
  9. Were the findings of the study generalizable to the population of the study? Justify your answers (3 marks