For this final assignment, you will synthesize the knowledge and skills gained in this course to comprehensively evaluate a research article. Complete the following:
Carefully reread Kim and Hancer’s 2010 article, “The Effect of Knowledge Management Resource Inputs on Organizational Effectiveness in the Restaurant Industry.”
Evaluate the authors’ data collection strategies based on their methodological approach:
What methodology and philosophic tradition did the authors use? You may recall this from your DB8020 – Research Foundations course.
What is the population and sample size?
How did the authors collect their data and recruit participants?
Did the authors select appropriate data collection strategies and methods, given their methodological approach and hypothesis?
Evaluate the authors’ data analysis strategies based on the methodological approach:
What descriptive, graphical, and summary data analysis techniques did the authors use?
Were the techniques applied appropriately?
Did the authors select appropriate data analysis strategies and methods, given their methodological approach and hypothesis?
How valid and reliable were the results of their analysis?
Synthesize the results of the article, and provide sufficient and effective rationale as to why the authors did or did not achieve their research objective:
What was the authors’ hypothesis?
What were the authors’ assumptions? Which assumptions, if any, concern the distribution of data?
Are limitations detailed? If not, how does that affect the credibility of the statistical decision?
Do the results indicate a decision, and was the decision to reject or accept the hypothesis discussed?
Do you agree with the statistical decision?
Evaluate acceptability of the data analysis for research studies:
Is the research useful in relation to the existing research?
Are the opportunities and next steps identified appropriate for the research results?