Weekly outline

  • Course Home Page for BUSI-1423

    Welcome to Business Research Project (MBA/SOL)


    My name is Nola Stair and on behalf of the team of supervisors, welcome to the Business Research Project!  We hope that you find this project a fruitful experience during which you will have the opportunity to implement your research proposal under guided supervision.  Developing a Business Research Project provides an opportunity to demonstrate academic competence, develop your in-depth knowledge of a specific area of a specific interest and provide a 12,000 word document that can be used when seeking employment following your graduation. So make it count! 

    if you have any general questions, please post them to the Q & A discussion board below and allow at least 24-48 hours for a response. If you have any concerns about the research project or issues that you wish to bring to my attention personally, please email me at sn39@gre.ac.uk

    With support and guidance from your Academic Supervisor, you will:

    • work within the research process to produce an MBA level research project
    • understand how these processes can be used to develop a project and your future
    • acquire research skills and competencies for the world of work and enterprise.
    • learn to manage and evaluate your research project

    The Course Guide is designed to give you:

    • a general indication on how to structure your work, manage your time and steer the project to a successful outcome.
    • the essential information you need to understand the administrative procedures and practicalities that relate to independent research work carried out under supervision in an academic context.


  • 14 September - 20 September

    F2F Seminar - Wednesday, Sept 24 at 6pm in QA 175  Saturday, Sept 20 in QA 175

    The topic for the Business Research Project that you formulate should reflect your particular interest that is relevant to business and management. It may relate to your current work or an area that you wish to consider for your future career.

  • 21 September - 27 September

    These books are available from My iLibrary. You can either read them online or download 10 pages daily. Key topics include:

    • Writing Literature Reviews
    • Developing Research Questions
    • Selecting Research Designs
    • Developing Questionnaires and Surveys
    • Analyzing Data
    • Writing Your Dissertation (Research Project)

    These books are available from My iLibrary, but their  copyright allows you to down load the entire book onto your PC, laptop or electronic device.



  • 28 September - 4 October

    Looking for some sample dissertations? Listed under the UoG online databases:
    • EThOS: Electronic Thesis Online Service - EThOS is the British Library's online repository of post-doctoral theses from participating UK universities. Please note that you must log in as a registered user in order to download resources. The EThOS and UoG Library inter-library loans websites provide more information.
    • Index to Theses - Available for on-campus access, this database provides abstract (and some full text theses) that were accepted for higher degrees by universities in Great Britain and Ireland.
    • ProQuest Dissertations and Theses full text: The Humanities and Social Sciences Collection - Over a million full text doctoral dissertations and master's theses are available for download in PDF format from the Humanities and Social Sciences Collection.

    Off-campus and want to use ProQuest? Please follow directions to set up your proxy server at http://www.gre.ac.uk/offices/ils/ls/services/proxy

    • 5 October - 11 October

      Virtual Presentations - Due by Tuesday, October 14 at 3pm

      Please post your revised Research Presentation (with audio) .  Each  presentation should last no longer than 5-7 minutes - focusing on your  topic, question, design, and data collection strategy.  UoG supervisors will review and provide feedback, as this will help with supervisor allocation.  All students should also review ALL presentations and offer thoughtful constructive feeback in terms of:

      • research question - broad or narrow?
      • methodology - measureable and doable in time frame?
      • data collection strategy - suggestions for primary/secondary sources?

      Please include a draft of your updated Ethical Approval Form (downloadable from the 1st section above). Need advice about filling out the form? - click here

    • 12 October - 18 October

      Ethical Approval - UoG, UREC and NHS

      In the past, all MBA students completed and submitted an ethical approval form when submitting their research proposal during RESE 1076 Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods. However, this is now a requirement within this course (BUSI 1423).  In addition, if:

      • You are an employee at the University of Greenwich, who intends to collect primary or review secondary data from University of Greenwich staff or students, you will need to obtain permission from the Faculty or University Research Ethics Committee (FREC or UREC).
      • You are an employee at the NHS, who intends to collect primary data from NHS staff or patients, please seek approval from the NHS and attach the permission statement with your ethical approval form.  Your form will be forwarded to Faculty Research Ethics Committee (FREC) for additional review.  If the FREC committee has any additional questions, you might be asked complete the UREC form for submission to the University Research Ethics Committee (UREC).

      Below are the UREC forms, as well as an example of an approved NHS submission. Need advice about filling out the UREC form? - click here

    • 19 October - 25 October

      Programme team will give formal notification of supervisor allocation.  Below are PRELIMINARY ASSIGMENTS  which are in the process of being confirmed!

    • 26 October - 1 November

      Meet with your supervisor to discuss feedback and begin tweaking the project proposal as required.

      This is a 30 credit course and along with Foundations of Scholarship and Research Methods course (15 credits), it covers 25% of your MBA studies. The Business Research Project is a key element of the degree. It is the point where knowledge and understanding acquired through the taught courses is synthesised and applied to a substantial managerial problem. Your academic supervisor is there not only to provide guidance and direction for your research but also act as your mentor. So please make certain that you maintain regular contact and raise any points of concern as soon as they arise.

      • 2 November - 8 November

        • 9 November - 15 November

          • 16 November - 22 November

            • 23 November - 29 November

              • 30 November - 6 December

                Please attend the F2F workshop from 6-8pm in Queen Anne 165 on December 3.

                This session will focus on providing basic tips for developing your surveys and interview questions in order to use Excel, SPSS and NVIVO for data analysis.  It is very important that you are working toward updating your the methodology part of your Research Proposal so that you are able to focus working on your data collection strategies..

                If possible, bring your own laptop (or tablet) in order to benefit from the hands-on nature of this session.

              • 7 December - 13 December

                Be sure to meet with your supervisor - before the holiday break!

                • 14 December - 20 December

                  • 21 December - 27 December

                    • 28 December - 3 January

                      • 4 January - 10 January

                        • 11 January - 17 January

                          Arrange a meeting with your supervisor to discuss and review your intended steps for January.


                          • Meet with your supervisor about your data collection strategy
                          • Make arrangements for accessing the data (i.e. set appointments for interviews)
                          • Re-draft chapter two (i.e. bringing the literature review together)