Research Methodology example 1. Note of caution: Assignment Assistance

Research Methodology example 1. Note of caution: Assignment Assistance

REQUIRED:Produce a report (6-7,000 words) which critically evaluates the success of a recent UK based company acquisition. The parent/acquiring firm should be UK quoted and the acquisition should have taken place 3 to 7 years ago. The choice is: Vodafone acquiring Cable &Wireless Worldwide (July 2012) Marks will be awarded for demonstration of the following:The ability to produce a report based on an objective analysis of data, containing statements which are supportable with evidenceThe ability to present an argument logicallyThe ability to collect, classify and critically examine dataThe ability to combine elements of separate disciplines into logical frameworks to evaluate complex problems (literature review)The ability to analyse, evaluate and draw conclusions from data. It should be noted that presentation style will add to the plausibility of the report.This is particularly true of referencing style. Unreferenced data or literature severely limits the plausibility of the arguments and analyses presented in a report. Notes for guidance:In essence this case study is focused on two linked problems: £ How do we evaluate success? £ Was this particular acquisition successful? The first question is only answerable through the literature. Existing research, whether theoretical or empirical, will aim to explain the nature of acquisition, its aims, mechanism and outcomes. This literature will provide the evaluative resource with which you can test the chosen case acquisition. The second question is only answerable using data. This data will describe the events, actions and outcomes of the case acquisition. This data itself will be a function of the answers you generate with regard to the first question above. The analytic and evaluative stage of the report will bring together these two streams of work so as to allow a coherent, logical and evidenced based conclusion to be drawn concerning the success of the acquisition. Given the above discussion it should be clear that the majority of the task revolves around the analytic phase/section of the final report. The coherence and plausibility of the reports conclusions will rely on the quality of this prior analytic phase/section. In light of these statements we would suggest the following as a reasonable balance for the word count of the report.Introduction 400-600Analysis 5000-6000Conclusions 400-600Please note that the word count excludes appendices and references sections.


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