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Writing an effective

Research Proposal
Leadership Mentor: Dr. Chaitanya Niphadkar
Leadership, HR & OD Practitioner
Lancaster University (UK) Alumni
CIPD Member (London), L&D Certified (Glasgow)
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Select your topic

Acquire good knowledge about your research topic. This can


be done through various channels like books, articles,
internet, journals, newspapers, newsletters and so on.

1. What Gain clarity on what you want to research.


2. Why Justify why your research is essential.
3. How Explain in brief how you are going to go about it.

Then discuss the research theme (idea) with your supervisor!

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Before you start Researching

Ask yourself these questions:

Is your research question worth?

Do you have the adequate knowledge to undertake the


research? OR Have you gathered the relevant material(s)
to perform it?

How you thought about the methodology and steps


involved with the timelines? OR What can come in the way
of it?

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How to Select a Research Topic?

Based on the SMART concept:

S = Specific
M = Measurable
A = Achievable
R = Realistic
T = Time specific

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How to develop a Rationale?

The Rationale answers to the questions:

Why have you selected this topic?


Significance.
Implications.
Limitations.
Further Directions.

How?
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Developing the Why of the rationale

International Significance

Regional Significance

Local Significance

The Problem (with probable Hypothesis)

Aim(s)

Objectives(s)

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Developing the How of the rationale

Observation

Subjective

Objective

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Methodology for your Research Proposal (RP)

Subjective side includes:


Interviews.
Questionnaires.
Discussions.
Surveys.

Objective side includes:


Experimental.
Use of measuring devices.
Use of recording devices.
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Format of your Research Proposal

Overview 500

1. Literature review 500


2. Research questions 200
3. Methodology 400
4. Probable outcomes of this research 600

5 Time frame of its completion 300

References Approx. no.


of words

2500 to 3000

You may put your proposal under these headings but restrict the word limit
to 2500 or maximum 3000 excluding references. Always, keep it simple!
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Before you start writing RP

At all times, maintain the originality of your research.


Do not copy or inherit ideas from an already performed
research or any published work.
Have a knowledge addition so that your research
encourages the topic for development.
Do an extensive reading about your research topic and
start writing the proposal only after gathering good
knowledge of the subject.
Look for criticalities, challenges or hassles that may
come in the way of your research. Think about their
solutions before you begin.
Use computer skills & technology in the right manner.
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End of session 2

Thank You

You may write to me at:


chaitanya.niphadkar@nsl.ac.in

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