my take on research
This chapter was titled “The Basics”, but after reading it, it is very evident that research is extremely complex. There are different types of research, many roles in research, some objections to research, bias in research, and many more aspects. The intricacies of research make it difficult to understand exactly how to conduct research successfully. Reading the chapter will help one understand research, in theory, but ultimately, understanding and improving research comes down to practice.
While I worked in-house at a large company, I found that there was already a research process established. Everyone completed their projects in a similar fashion and followed the same timeline. That behavior was understandable because the employees had been doing it for years and had basically perfected the project process. There were objections to additional research because it was simply unneeded.
However, when a new project arose, they relied on me, the intern, to offer a fresh perspective. I learned that although the employees followed a traditional method, it isn’t always the best method. It is important to be prepared and informed on how to do research, in case a new project pops up. At that company I conducted research on competitors and markets. I found it to be similar to evaluative and descriptive research.
However, as an economics major, I am exposed to quantitative research. In my classes I observed bias in certain behavioral research studies and learned how to conduct causal research. Economists tend to observe the impacts of a certain policy or event in order to predict what will happen in the future. I have to conduct my own causal research project for my thesis, which I am working on this semester.
After reading this passage, I realized that I have been exposed a few different types of research. The research methods differ greatly, and each have their own issues. Nevertheless, I am open to learning new research methods because I think it’s a very important skill.