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Background to the problem 

ALD Services Pty Ltd is an Australian demolition company that specializes in interior demolition of walls, ceiling, flooring and utility services. ALD services also provide services such as labor and equipment hire, cleaning and rubbish removal. It was established  on Sydney in November 2008. Since then, it has expanded to Melbourne and Brisbane. ALD specializes in deconstruction i.e. a unique dismantling of building components that allows the reuse of the demolition wastages. 

In the recent years, ALD has been facing uncertainty and downfall as they aren’t able to complete the project within the given time frame. The main reason for this delay of the project is because of the rising accidents and disputes in the working site . The number of major and minor casualties has increased by 20% in this year than the previous. So far the main causes of the accidents and hazards at site has been identified as following:

  1. Negligence of safety manual by workers.
  2. Lack of employee training for risky works.
  3. Irresponsible supervision by the site supervisors.

Management decision

How can we minimize risks and hazards at site?

Research question 

What are the causes for rising disputes and hazards at the work sites?

Objectives 

  1. To make work site safe
  2. To resolve disputes
  3. To minimize the number of injuries
  4. To deliver the project on time 

Task

     

1. Introduction and   Background (1/2   page max)

Highlight the key issues/symptoms that have led to   the problem/opportunity arising using paragraph structure, not bullet point   form. 

 

2. Management problem (100 words) 

What is the decision management have to make?  How will the research assist with that   decision? Discuss in one paragraph with relevant information included. 

 

3. Literature review

Approx 700 words; minimum of 10   references including a mix of refereed journal articles and practitioner   sources. 

You must describe a conceptual model that is directly relevant to your particular project, not just the general topic   under investigation. In-text citations are essential in the literature   review and all 10 source/references should be cited in the discussion   where they are relevant. A better literature review will be analytical, not   just descriptive. 

 

4. Research Design (in five parts; 800-1,200 words   total). The Zikmund et al. (2016)   textbook, or other suitable business research methods textbook, should be   used to write and reference this section. 

a. Overall research design   and justification. Outline why you have selected the   particular research design for your research question. In other words: why do   an interview? Why do a survey? Why use social media, etc.)

b. Sources of data for the  research, which includes research   participants and secondary data. For both primary and secondary data   discuss what participants and secondary material are selected, why they were   selected and how reliable the information gained might be

c. Conceptualisation and measurement. If quantitative research, what   are the research constructs (IV, DV, CV) and how will they be measured in the   proposed research? If qualitative research, what is the research question   (and sub questions) you will be addressing.

d. Data collection/generation methods (interviews, surveys,   observation, online, social media etc). Why was the particular method chosen?   

e. Data analysis. How will the data be analysed? Check Zikmund   et al. (2016) to check how various data are analysed. How will you ensure   data analysis is rigorous?

 

5. Ethical issues and   limitations of the proposed research. Discuss   the ethical issues relevant your research (e.g. confidentiality). Describe   the limitations to your research that managers must take into account when   making any decision?

 

6. Proposed time frame   and budget of the research. Discuss how the   research could be conducted in a three-month time frame and what possible   expenses may be involved (purchase of Survey Monkey subscription, for   example). Include a Gantt chart for activities and time   frame.

 

7. Reference List. 

Given   that this is an academic proposal for business research in a Master’s level   course, in-text citations and a full Reference List in the correct Harvard   style are essential