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How have you conducted research in the past? What kind of web searches did you use? How did your organize the information that you found? Offer other business or life examples as appropriate.
Why are ethical considerations so important in research? How is paid research as opposed to unpaid research viewed? Why is there a difference? Can people be objective if they are paid to conduct research?
Have you seen any ethical issues in your life or place of business?
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Jeremy Starry posted Oct 13, 2020 10:28 AM
The last time I conducted research for a paper or a school project was approximately ten years ago. Even ten years ago, the primary source of my searching was done online. I was however able to find and reference several books during my research but the ease of online research made it my preferred option.
Typically, my research would start by searching my research question in a search engine. From there, I would then slowly go down through the results and analysis the articles or websites to see if could be used for my research. In my undergraduate degree, I often had to reference government databases. After completing a few papers, I was able to easily return to previously used databases and find the relevant information I needed for my papers.
It took me some time to be able to properly organize my information during research. At the beginning of my college experience, I would not have a clear view on how my research was going to be compiled. I would find sources that contained key information about my research and I would simply not record the source efficiently. By this I mean I would copy and paste the web address into a word document but not reference at all what was in the article or on the website. As I began to conduct more research, it became clear what worked for me. I would still keep a word document but organize the information with the most useful sources at the top of the page. Then I would create bullet points or a short summary for each source. This would allow me to effortlessly find information I have already read.
The business example of research I have is a little bit different from my college experience. My customer asked me for a more efficient way of receiving their signed bill of lading (BOL) after delivery. The account I was on was a little bit behind the times when it came to having an online database that was accessible to the customer. I had used a database in the past with another customer but I needed to research what was the best database for this customer. My research involved contacting other managers, engineers, and using a search engine to come up with a cost effective solution. In the end, my account was approved to use an online database the customer could access, as well as, working with the customer to create a standard operating procedure for the new database.
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Gregory Buck posted Oct 13, 2020 3:11 PM
I have conducted a fair amount of research in the past, both in the civilian and military arena. Typically, I start with understanding and getting a clear problem statement. When research is needed, it is typically in response to question needing to be answered. A common concept I come back to is from Albert Einstein when asked about what he would do to save the world if only provided one hour to do so. Einstein responded he take 55 minutes to define the problem and spend the next 5 minutes saving the world. In the consulting space, we commonly refer to it as a problem statement with specific requirements.
Over the years I have used a variety of web searches to help learn more about the topic of study. The searches were Youtube videos, academic and consulting articles and content from think tanks and government agencies. The type of web search used is dependent on the question and the depth of information required to answer the question to the problem statement. For example, if the problem statement in centered around the rise in crime in a specific area, I would use government websites and data from the FBI, statement government and local police departments.
I organize the information based on categories. For example, on my most recent deployment it is evident by the command we had gaps in personnel requirements. We had individuals with specifics skills working in a role that was not the best fit for them. I was tasked with researching all roles in every department (i.e. medical, supply, operations, security, etc…) to determine the following:
1. Determine what skill, rank, schooling and experience the command currently had listed for the role (or billet)
2. Determining the desired skill, rank, schooling and experience the command needed in the role (or billet)
3. Identify the gaps and create an implementation plan to re-align the roles to get the right individual, at the right rank, with the right education and experience in the role.
The result of this exercise were categories, based on the functions of the base, with updated role requirements which would be used to ultimately staff the base.