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Maastricht University
School of Business and Economics

Research Proposal
Web conferencing and student academic group work results
The following study depicts the effect substituting physical meetings by web conferencing has on students’ academic group work results at Maastricht University. This research is carried out by GPS research group sponsored by University of Maastricht.

Maastricht University Faculty of Economics and Business Administration International Business Research Maastricht, 31 March 2011 Group members: Gosschalk, A.G. (I426466), Schmitt, F. (I6028592), Sroke, C. (I6023097) Course code: EBC4073 - IBR8(4) Tutor: Golam Robbani

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INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH TOPIC AND SUMMARY ................................................... 3 PROBLEM STATEMENT AND RESEARCH QUESTION ......................................................... 3 PROBLEM ANALYSIS ................................................................................................................. 5 RELEVANCE OF RESEARCH QUESTION ................................................................................ 7 RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODOLOGY ........................................................................... 8 5.1 5.2 5.3 5.4 5.5 Sampling Design ..................................................................................................................... 9 Procedure ............................................................................................................................... 10 Control of Variables and Measurement ................................................................................. 10 Analysis and Nature of Data ................................................................................................. 12 Limitations ............................................................................................................................ 12

REFERENCES ...................................................................................................................................... 13 APPENDIX ........................................................................................................................................... 15 A. Task Description........................................................................................................................... 15 B. Task Answers ............................................................................................................................... 16

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1. INTRODUCTION TO RESEARCH TOPIC AND SUMMARY Internet is a well known phenomenon that grew rapidly in the last twenty years. Within the recent years the internet technology has changed significantly and unexpected opportunities became reality, as web conferencing. In recent years, web conferencing has become more and more popular as well within business for cross border meetings as for students for divergent reasons. Nevertheless, web conferencing is not yet general accepted as a substitute for face-to-face meetings. There are a lot of reasons why face-to-face is still the most common way to meet, one of the reasons could be that students have the idea that meeting physically helps them to get better results for their group work. In this study the effect of substituting physical meetings by web conferencing on group work results among students will be investigated. The study will only focus on SBE Master students at Maastricht University. This study will be carried out within five days in a controlled experimental environment by the GPS research group, which is a team consisting of three doctoral students experienced in teaching and research projects.

2. PROBLEM STATEMENT AND RESEARCH QUESTION The use of web conferencing becomes increasingly popular within academic institutions (Sumner & Hostetler, 2002). Students often face very different situations which makes meeting physically not always possible, especially in case of...
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