Group TaskSchool of the Built Environment
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02/12A Business of Construction
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Ahmed Al Hinai, Aniket Kate, Vinay Rana, Adrian Wiltshire
3rd October 2018
A comparison of four research papers to understand the methodology to research techniques
In order to understand the research techniques used in published papers, four unrelated research papers were examined. The study of the four research papers was conducted to ascertain the differences in writing style, and the correlation of the writing style to the type of research conducted. Through the use of available literature, the four research papers were analysed and critiqued in terms of content, and structure. It was discovered that depending on the research matter, it was important to take a quantitative and a qualitative approach towards the research made. In addition, it was determined that to make their papers more inclusive, the authors used a simple, and clear language in order to present their findings. It was also determined that the author’s emphasis of a section of their paper indicates the importance of that section to the idea that the author tries to present. However, the study of these four research papers is not sufficient in understanding the approach of writing and conducting research as a whole.
Understanding good research techniques allows effective communication within the scientific community. By following best practice on the approach to producing quality research, it enables other users of research to access and build on that work. Research papers are broadly aimed at other researchers, but can be used to inform industry articles for practitioners or policy decisions for lawmakers.
A key requirement for a university programme is for the student to develop the ability to understand and critique research reports (Caldwell, Henshaw & Taylor, 2005)
Research in Construction Management is not an isolated field, but draws on research from across all social sciences. A more inclusive approach influences how construction research is conceptualised or conducted
The need of better practice and research is self-evident. This study looks at 4 research papers to get a broader understanding of the approach to research and research literature. Different readers critically reviewed each paper and fed back to the group for analysis and comment.
Four research papers were reviewed by four students and their findings are outlined below.
The research paper “Incorporating the effect of weather in construction scheduling and management with sine wave curves: application in the United Kingdom”, by Pablo Ballesteros-Pérez (will be referred to as “the author” henceforth), addresses the delays in a construction project due to adverse weather conditions in the UK and was reviewed by Ahmed Al Hinai