The following services are offered to staff members of the Faculty of Economic and Management Sciences by the Office for Research Support:
The Office provides advice about and assistance with research design and methodology in order to ensure that the proposed research investigation is designed to address the research objectives within resource limitations as efficiently as possible. It also identifies best practices for data management prior to the start of data collection, connects researchers to research resources and identifies suitable statistical methods that will address study objectives.
The Office provides advice and referral for quantitative and qualitative data analysis. Statistical support services are provided by Statomet and assistance with regard to data entry and administration are provided by postgraduate research assistants in the Office.
Questionnaire design and administration
The Office assists with questionnaire development and online survey design and administration through the services of Ms Rina Owen.
Library/information search assistance
Assistance with literature searches through the services of a librarian and postgraduate student research assistants.
Assistance with language editing of manuscripts and research funding applications and the checking and formatting of references on manuscripts.
Development of research skills
An annual series of training workshops and seminars will be offered on various research topics as well as advances in research methodology.
Information services on:
- the EMS Journal Ranking and Department of Education lists;
- UP funding opportunities and external funding opportunities;
- the NRF rating application process; and
- a collection of readings/reference sources in the areas of research, measurement, and statistics.
Although the Office strives to perform its services to the highest quality and reliability possible, it does not perform statistical analyses as this work is directed to existing services on campus, ie Statomet.
The Office also plans to provide small group tutorials and briefings on specific research topics as requested by the academic departments.
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