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Student Reference Number (SRN):| |
Programme Title:| MSc Management|
Module Title:| Competitive Intelligence|
Cohort Number:| Xxxxxx 2012|
Assignment/Work Title:| Summative Assessment|
Due date for submission:(Please attach the confirmation of any extension received)| Xxxxxx 2013|
Mitigating Circumstances:I have read the published guidance available on the student intranet (VLE- Academic Registry) outlining BPP’s Mitigating Circumstances policy and I confirm I am not aware of any medical or other mitigating circumstances that may have impaired my completion and/or submission of this assessment.Student Reference Number: Date: | Declaration of Original Work:This is my original work, researched, undertaken, completed and submitted in accordance with the requirements of BPP Business School. The word count, excluding Contents Page, Bibliography and Appendices, is xxxxx words.Student Reference Number: xxxxx Date: xxxxxx|

Research proposal
Does working from home, rather than in the office in the UK, increases employee’s job satisfaction?

Student Record Number (SRN): xxxxxxxxxx
Degree: MSc Management
Module: Competitive Intelligence
Date of submission: xxxxxxxxxx

Contents
1.0.Introduction4
1.1.Rationale4
2.0.Objectives4
2.1.Definitions4
3.0.Literature review5
4.0.Methodology and research design7
4.1.Research approach7
4.2.Type of data and methods of collection7
4.3.Sampling plan8
4.3.1.Summary of the sampling plan9
5.0.Hypotheses9
6.0.Data processing and analysis9
7.0.Reporting10
8.0.Timetable11
9.0.Fees12
10.0.Ethics statement13
11.0.Possible risks13
References14
Appendix 1 – Draft of research instrument16
Appendix 2 – Draft of informed consent18

1.0. Introduction
Wright (2008: p.5) states that ‘more than 99% of homes and businesses in the UK can now have broadband’, which enables working remotely. Wright (2008) also opines that the working from home can be as beneficial to employees, as to employers, meaning that employees can save time and money without commuting to and from work, while employers can save money on renting smaller office space. 1.1. Rationale

Despite some obvious benefits, there are might be some pitfalls of working from home. Particularly, employers are concerned about how working from home affects employees’ job satisfaction. There is no consensus, whether working from home is suitable for everyone and whether it positively affects job satisfaction in the long-run. 2.0. Objectives

Based on the background to the problem and the rationale to the research, the following specific research objective can be set: 1. Determine whether working from home positively affects employees’ job satisfaction in the long-run. 2.1. Definitions

For the purpose of this research, the working from home employees are defined as those, who spend more than 3 days a week working from their homes by using technology, primarily telephone and computer with internet access. Job satisfaction is defined by ‘pleasurable or positive emotional state resulting from the appraisal of one’s job or job experiences’ (Murray et al, 2006), therefore the positive effect on job satisfaction means that employee becomes happier. For the purpose of the research the long-run timeframe is defined as over 9 months. The 9 months period was specifically chosen, because Bailey (2012) identified that half of home workers were not happy to continue working from home after 9 months. The Bailey’s findings, however, were based on Chinese company, though the 9 months period can still be used as a guideline to define the long-run timeframe for this particular study. 3.0. Literature review

‘Home-working practices have been associated with the emergence of work-life balance initiatives’ (Crosbie & Moore, 2004; Tietze et al., 2006). According to Datamonitor...
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