Thursday, 11 April, 2013

What is research?

Today while going through various web resources, I made following notes about what is research:
  • Research is different from intelligence gathering, which answers 'what' questions such as what percentage of SMEs in India are owned by women. Research aims to answer 'why' questions such as why Indian manufacturers are less competitive than their Chinese counterparts. 
  • Good research is characterized by open system of thought, critical examination of data and specification of the limits on the generalization made.
  • Research can be classified as exploratory, testing-out and problem-solving.