Formulating Research Questions

Anyone who is not working with hypotheses, will know the strain of fretting over whether you are asking the ‘right’ or the ‘best’ questions.

If you are in the early stages of your research or are swift approaching your progression panel, then the following four sources are recommended in order to formulate, re-formulate and refine your research question(s).

This is not some sort of innate ability that you are supposed to magically have – it is a skill that can be developed and improved with information and practice.

  1. Constructing research questions: doing interesting research by Alvesson & Sandberg.
  2. Developing research questions: a guide for social scientists by Patrick White.
  3. GENERATING RESEARCH QUESTIONS THROUGH PROBLEMATIZATION, MATS ALVESSON  and JÖRGEN SANDBERG, The Academy of Management Review, Vol. 36, No. 2 (April 2011), pp. 247-271.
  4. Bad Research Questions.