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A methodology for research: the National Freight Corporation 1962-1982 (work in progress)

Carroll, Alan (2003) A methodology for research: the National Freight Corporation 1962-1982 (work in progress). UNSPECIFIED. Manchester Metropolitan University.

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Abstract

Structuring of a research project using a Phenomenological approach is examined as an interpretive methodology for a Business History case study. The research case is the privatisation and Management Employee buyout (MEBO) of the National Freight Corporation (NFC) and the formative period to that MEBO of 1962-1982. Overlaps into other qualitative and quantitative approaches are examined and a narrowly focussed research question and terms of reference are constructed from a simple initial and broad deductive hypothesis. The advantages and disadvantages of specific methodological aims and objectives are considered, and the tentative results of a prosopographical element of a triadic multi-methodological research structure are discussed. Modifications are made to existing research models that were designed for analytic application, and the augmentation of an analytic base upon which to ground the project thesis is continued.

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