Next steps for paper

This post is due Friday by 4 p.m. instead of the usual Wednesday.

By now, you have a topic. If you do not, you can still switch or even write a new post testing out an idea. I think it is a good idea to start with some aspect of the Great Recession you want to learn more about.

Once you have a general idea of a topic, you have explored it through last week’s post. Now you can ask next questions. For example, why did this happen? Who was involved? What are the causes and what are the outcomes? At what level of analysis do I need to focus? What concepts or theories that we have learned seem relevant?

This brings us to the next post. With your next questions, you are going to need more info on X, where X is your topic and questions you have. Recall what I said in class, you are making yourself more of a relative expert on your topic and using your research skills and the analytical tools of organization theory to analyze or explain some aspect of the Great Recession.

Hence, we have this general flow:
Topic→ Your preliminary exploration→ Next Questions→ Need for more data or information.

Where will you get more information or data?

There are at least three types of information you could access and research to write your paper.

  1. Qualitative: What people say; how meaning is infused in documents, statements, conversations.  Valuable information not amenable to standardized counting.  Sources: documents, interviews, first hand observation
  2. Quantitative: Standardized measures of status or action. Treats each unit as autonomous. Sources: Agencies, bureaus, possibly researchers, other archives or publicly available data.  Sometimes the researcher’s efforts  herself, but unlikely in your case.
  3. Relational: Measures of units’ relationships. Treats units as interdependent. Sources: Listings of members, measures of flows of some resource or another between organizations, Boards directories, publicly available data.

Below I will lsit categories of data/information sources with examples.  If you find something else, PLEASE ADD IT TO COMMENTS BELOW ↓ !



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