Current Events in Business Research

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Current Events in Business Research

RES/351 University of Phoenix

Current Events in Business Research

The “Bringing Research to Life” section of Chapter 3 of Business Research Methods describes a scenario in which Myra Wines is part of a research team hired by the U.S. Army to determine whether the military’s munitions testing area was contributing to the high civilian death rate. Local activists believed the area was an environmental hazard and were attempting to force the closure of the firing range. The Army’s hypothesis was that its dud shells would only ignite if another live bomb caused it to explode and the civilian deaths were unrelated to the munitions testing area. Wines hypothesized that the duds could ignite and cause harm to civilians without leaving evidence of the event (University of Phoenix, 2011, Week One Reading). The text indicates that the research team met with Army personnel to review reports on the duds, to understand the management question, and to clarify the research question. The team observed Army personnel firing shells, the effects of the explosions, and the frequency of duds to understand the dilemma and develop research questions. As a result of a dud exploding unexpectedly, the team created a research design strategy and began collecting data through an observations study. The study revealed that civilians were scavenging salvageable metals from the duds; periodically the duds ignited, killing the perpetrators. The team continued to collect data regarding public sentiment regarding the munitions area. With the data collected, Wines’ team analyzed and interpreted the information to find the civilians had thrill-seeking attitudes. The team reported the research results to the Army, which caused the organization to consider how to proceed to mitigate unnecessary civilian deaths. With the team’s interpretation of the data, the Army...
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