In the world of science, the scientific method is used to ask and answer questions through observation and experiments. In terms of business, the scientific method can be used to evaluate different concepts concerning management, marketing and other aspects of business. Similar to the science side there must be a research goal, a model must be formulated, data must be gathered and there must be an evaluation to determine the validity of the data, which then must be accepted or changes made. …the scientific method, whether applied to management or astronomy, is merely a model built out of thought-just as thoughts themselves are models built out of consciousness, suggesting how we should act as they carry us forward into the future on the experience of the past (Revans, 1958). As more and more businesses use research to help solve problems, there is the need to determine what good research is. “Good research generates dependable data that are derived from professionally conducted practices and that can be used reliably for decision making” (Cooper &Schindler, 2012, pg. 15). The text list several characteristics of the scientific method to include: purpose clearly defined, research process detailed, research design thoroughly planned, high ethical standards applied, limitations frankly revealed, adequate analysis for decision maker’s needs, findings presented unambiguously, conclusions justified, and researcher’s experience reflected (Cooper &Schindler, 2012, pg. 16). The approach above can be applied in a business and biblical example. In my current position as a Transition Counselor with the Army, our goal is to make sure Soldiers get the services they are entitled to and the assistance they need to make a smooth transition. There are some services that are required and others are voluntary. These services are obtained through briefings, workshops, classes and individual counseling. Initially all feedback was word of mouth, but there needed to be a better...
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