This assignment is designed to help you to develop your research and decision-making skills by applying the principles of evidence-based management to the analysis of a case study. We will upload a selection of cases to Moodle and you can choose any one of them for your assignment. You cannot switch between cases, however. Your assignment has to be based on only one of the proposed cases. The assignment consists of three sections that follow the learnings from Sessions I, 2 and 3 of the module respectively; as well as the leanings from your group project. Below you will find information on each of the sections.
a) One piece of evidence needs to come from existing empirical evidence from the scientific literature. For example, if the missing evidence you identified concerns the performance effects of remote working, the research question could be: How does remote working affects individual work performance?
b) The other piece of evidence needs to be missing empirical evidence from the organization or the stakeholders that require the collection of ‘new’ primary data (i.e., not secondary data). For example, if the missing evidence you identified concerns the job satisfaction differences (if any) between work-from-office and work-from-home employees in your organization, the research question could be: What are the differences in job satisfaction between employees that work from home and that work from the office?
These two pieces of evidence will inform two research questions that you will explore in the Sections 2 and 3 of your report respectively. These two pieces of evidence may be closely related (e.g. evidence on what motivates workers as suggested by the scientific evidence: and on what motivates employees in your particular organization); or maybe less so. It is your choice to decide what are the key needs for evidence in the case that you analyze.
Now collect and critically evaluate existing empirical evidence in the scientific literature that you identified as the key to the situation in the case in Section I- Step 1.5a. Follow the steps that were discussed in class during Session 2, as well as relevant checklists in the textbook and on the slides. The following questions will guide you in your analysis.
For this section, focus on one critical piece of evidence that is still missing, as identified in Section I — Step 1.5b. Explain how you would gather this missing piece of empirical evidence from the organization or stakeholders. Apply the considerations that were discussed in class during Session 3. The following questions will guide you in your thinking.