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Dear Students,
 
现在是你开始认真工作的时候了,这是你的硕士课程的一个重要因素。
你将被分配给一个主管根据你的兴趣区域,你的方法论或你的理论基础,似乎是适当的。在可能的情况下,你的兴趣区域与你的主管匹配。然而,这不能保证。也不可能要求一个特定的主管,所有的分配都将在公平的基础上,学生和工作人员的基础上。
你会在正式的基础上满足你的上司三次。It is now time for you to start seriously to work on the dissertation, which forms a significant element of your Masters’ programme. This guide will give you some hints as to what is required. It discusses such things as dissertation requirements, supervision, the writing of the initial and final research proposal, submission instructions, University assessment and areas of research interest of some members of staff.
You will be allocated to a supervisor according to your area of interest, your methodological approach or your theoretical foundation as seems appropriate. Where possible, your area of interest will be matched up with that of your supervisor. However, this cannot be guaranteed. Nor is it possible to request a specific supervisor; all allocations will be made on a basis of fairness to both students and members of staff.
 
You will meet your supervisor on THREE occasions on a formal basis.
当已经收到了完整的轮廓,你被分配一个主管1号会议将如期举行。在这次会议上,您将讨论您的项目和推进谈判的方式。
研究建议已提交后仍未达到2将如期举行。这将通过监督员发表了意见,并会形成一个讨论的基础上,以确保您在正确的道路上。
会议3将在论文的完成相位
 
补充会议可在导师的自由裁量权授予。
 
如果您还不确定自己的研究课题,看看在桑德斯等人的附录1中的实例研究项目名称,(2007)或读科利斯和赫西(2009年)。这是一个非常有趣和激动人心的时刻是在中国和在国际业务层面,鉴于中国目前的经济增长和发展的国家鼓励研究。一些热门话题的领域包括纺织工业,采矿业,2008年北京奥运会,旅游业,2010年国际博览会“在上海,在中国,行业重组和国际贸易的关系(尤其是美国,欧盟,日本)世界贸易组织的影响对于初学者!见Saunders等人,21-30用于产生和精制研究思路(2007)页。
 
在这本手册的页面17-25,你会发现的学术人员的不同成员感兴趣的领域列表,并欢迎你,如果你想从这个列表中选择。该名单并不详尽,我们很高兴在任何地区,以讨论您的想法。
Meeting 1 will take place when the completed outlines have been received and you have been allocated a supervisor. At this meeting you will discuss your project and negotiate a way forward.#p#分页标题#e#
Meeting 2 will take place after the Research Proposal has been submitted. This will be commented upon by supervisors and will form the basis of a discussion to ensure you are on the right path.
Meeting 3 will take place during the completion phase of the dissertation
 
Supplementary meetings may be granted at the discretion of the supervisor. 
 
If you aren’t yet sure about your research topic, take a look at the example research project titles in Appendix 1 of Saunders et al., (2007) or read Collis and Hussey (2009).  It’s a very interesting and exciting time to be in China and to encourage research at an international business level, given China’s current state of economic growth and development. Some hot topic areas include the textile industry, the mining industry, the 2008 Beijing Olympics, the tourism industry, the 2010 International Expo’ in Shanghai, WTO impacts on China, industry restructuring, and international trade relationships (especially USA, EU, Japan) for starters! See Saunders et al., (2007) pages 21−30 for generating and refining research ideas.
 
On Pages 17-25 of this handbook you will find a list of areas of interest of various members of academic staff and you are welcome to choose from this list if you wish. The list is not exhaustive, and we are happy to discuss your ideas in any area.
 
Saunders et al., (2007) and Collis and Hussey (2009) provide a solid grounding in the research process specifically with a business orientation. The following Appendices in the former are also useful:
 
Appendix 1 – Examples of research topics 
 
Appendix 2 - Useful summary for systems of referencing
 
Appendices 3-4 - Sampling sizes
 
Appendix 5 - A reminder about the use of non-discriminatory language
 
These are followed by a glossary of key terms. Do make use of the textbook to help you with the key stages of your research project. 
 
It is strongly recommended that you obtain a notebook to commence a research diary.  In particular, for the qualitative research methods component, record your comments about what you are reading – both content and process. These notes will be valuable when you are ready to do your own research.
 
Get to work. I hope that we can make this a banner year for you. Wish you good luck!
 
With best regards,
 
Professor Carl Fey
Professor of International Business
Dean of Nottingham University Business School China
 
 
        
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MA/MSc PROGRAMMES DISSERTATION GUIDELINES
 
DISSERTATION REQUIREMENT AND ASSESSMENT
 
All MA/MSc. candidates must undertake a dissertation to complete their degree. This dissertation is normally written in the summer leading up to the end of the course. You must achieve a minimum mark of 50% in your dissertation and an average of at least 50% across all course modules to be awarded the degree of MA/MSc.
 
 
OBJECTIVE OF DISSERTATION
 
The purpose of the MA/MSc dissertation is to provide you with the opportunity to undertake independent research in a topic appropriate to the title of the degree for which you are registered. In undertaking the dissertation, you should look to draw on and extend material covered in the course. Normally dissertations may have a significant empirical component (whether quantitative or qualitative) aimed at providing further understanding of key theoretical concepts.  The typical dissertation is likely to be structured around a review of the relevant literature, an outline of methodology and a presentation and analysis of empirical results. The one exception would be those students enrolled in the MSc Entrepreneurship programme who have the option of writing a dissertation in the form of a business plan rather than in the traditional research format required of all other MSc candidates.
 
 
CHOICE OF TOPIC
 
You are encouraged to begin thinking about a suitable topic for your dissertation as soon as possible.  You will find a list of areas of research interest of possible supervisors in this guide.
 
In general, the dissertation would be expected to include both conceptual and practical analysis.  While it is possible to prepare a dissertation based exclusively on conceptual analysis or one which relies purely on desk research, you should understand that dissertations of this nature depend upon thorough analysis and criticism and are by no means an easy option.
 
To complete a dissertation successfully you must check that the topic is realistic in terms of the time available for completion, the scope of the problem and the availability of information and other resources.  It is important at an early stage to define the specific issues to be addressed, the research methods that you expect to adopt and the specific resources required to complete the work. Please note that is not the policy of the Business School to fund these dissertation costs.
Where a particular topic requires primary research (interviews, questionnaires, group discussions) from external sources, you must be explicit about your purposes and any relevant affiliations. For example, if your dissertation is being sponsored by an external organisation, you must make this clear when collecting external information that is not in the public domain. The use of the University affiliation should not be used to facilitate the collection of commercially sensitive information. Any doubts about the ethical aspects of information gathering should be discussed with your supervisor. You may find it useful to refer to the 'Code of Research Conduct' published by the University of Nottingham Research Committee (available on the shared drive). #p#分页标题#e#
 
 
ACADEMIC MISCONDUCT
 
You must read it before you start your research:
http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/academicservices/qualitymanual/assessment/academic-misconduct.aspx 
 
 
 
SUPERVISION ARRANGEMENTS
 
When you have decided on the subject area of your dissertation you should submit an Initial Dissertation Proposal Form (see Page 25) to the Faculty Office, AB348. Please ensure that you sign this form before submitting it. You should submit this form to the Faculty Office no later than Friday 15th March 2014. Please note that the form MUST be submitted by this date if your dissertation is to be allocated to a supervisor by the dates given below. If you do not submit the form by this date there will inevitably be a delay in the allocation of your dissertation to a supervisor. 
 
Your dissertation project will be assigned to a supervisor and you will be notified of the name of your supervisor by the Faculty Office no later than Saturday 19th April 2014. It is then your responsibility to make the initial contact with your supervisor within one week of this date and develop a lengthier proposal to the satisfaction of the supervisor before proceeding with your work. The agreed proposal should then be attached to the Agreed Dissertation Proposal Form (see Page 27 of these notes) which should be signed by the student, countersigned by the supervisor and submitted to your supervisor no later than Friday 16th May 2014.  
 
While the dissertation is an individual piece of work, the supervisor will undertake the following:
 
to offer guidance in the specification of the dissertation topic and the formulation of the problem as well as providing some suggestions for preliminary reading;
 
to offer assistance in outlining an appropriate structure for the dissertation and to review the outline structure of the dissertation; 
 
to help in relation to any specific problems encountered in the course of the research and discuss ideas of possible approaches with you; and
 
to communicate with you on at least three occasions via face-to-face contact or other form of communication with regard to your progress.  
 
It is not the job of the supervisor to read each and every draft of your work, nor to correct English grammar or spelling. Normally, a supervisor will only read the complete dissertation report after the work has been submitted by you for marking. The supervisor will also mark your dissertation. Please understand that most supervisors have research, teaching, conference and management commitments over the summer period. It is not normally anticipated that there will be regular contact during this period, so it is important to organise your work to ensure that the dissertation structure and method have been agreed early on. In the event of an emergency, you should contact your supervisor through the Faculty Office.  #p#分页标题#e#
 
It is your responsibility to maintain contact with your supervisor, and to notify the Faculty Office should you experience any difficulty maintaining contact with them.
 
 
INITIAL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL
 
You should provide an outline of your dissertation proposal for the first meeting with your assigned supervisor. Here are some of the issues that you might wish to consider:
 
Title. Why have you selected this topic? What particular knowledge or skills do you have to complete this project? Why is this topic interesting to you? What particular question(s) are you trying to answer by carrying out this work?
 
What has already been written about the topic? What theoretical framework can you follow for this work? Where do you expect to find information about previous research into this topic? What sources of information might there be practical / empirical aspects of this topic?
 
Information requirements. What is the nature of the information and data that you will need to complete this work? How do you expect to obtain such information and data?
 
Research methodology and assumptions. What approach do you expect to take to provide you with evidence on which to support your eventual conclusions? What assumptions underlie your approach?
 
Description of proposed chapters. Can you put together a description of the expected chapters of your dissertation and justify the logic of the proposed structure?
 
An outline could be written up in the form of an introductory chapter to the dissertation. Whatever your approach, the outline of your full dissertation proposal is a critical stage at the end of which both you and your supervisor should be convinced as to the feasibility and suitability of the dissertation. 
 
However, many dissertations change shape as the research proceeds. Although the agreed outline of your full dissertation proposal forms the basis of an agreement between the supervisor and student as to the viability of the proposed dissertation, the details remain flexible providing you consult with your supervisor as to the nature of proposed changes. 
 
If you wish before writing up the proposal and possibly after you have thought through a few topics, it might not be a bad idea to talk to some supervisors from the school who work in these areas. It may be possible that they are working in a related area and they may suggest a topic that you can work on. While this might not always be the case, it might at least help you fine tune your selected topic for the proposal and potentially flag potential supervisors.      
 
 
THE ACADEMIC SUPPORT UNIT#p#分页标题#e#
 
The Academic Support Unit (ASU) offers English language and academic skills support to postgraduate students.  It has a range of courses and workshops to help you develop the skills you need to participate effectively in your degree programme.  It also offers career-related skill development in association with the Career Development Office. Further information will be given during the ASU Information Session in February/March, 2014 (time and place to be announced through Email). You can drop in to SSB 118 without an appointment and see an advisor.  Alternatively, you can make an appointment by email: ASU@nottingham.edu.cn .
 
The ASU also runs workshops to develop specific academic skills. These workshops are arranged in series but students can choose the particular skill they wish to develop. For full details of courses please see the U:\CELE ASC\Information About Workshops.
 
 
ACADEMIC PROGRAMME MANAGER
 
 
The overall PG dissertation process will be directed by Dr Eric Scheffel but will be managed according to the degree programme. The Managers/Coordinators are: 
 
MSc in Finance and Investment – Dr Xiuping Hua
MSc in International Management – Dr Jie (Fifi) Wang
MSc in International Business – Dr Eric Scheffel   
MSc in Entrepreneurship – Dr Fei Zhu 
 
If you have matters concerning your dissertation that cannot be settled with your supervisor, you should contact the relevant programme manager.
STAGES IN PREPARING YOUR FULL RESEARCH PROPOSAL
The essence of any paper can be stated in question form. Ask yourself these questions: 
What?
What puzzles and intrigues me?
What do I want to know more about or better understand?
What are my key research questions?
Why?
Why will this be of sufficient interest?
Is it a guide to practitioners or policy makers?
Is it a contribution to knowledge?
How – conceptually?
What concepts, models and theories can I draw upon?#p#分页标题#e#
How can I develop my own research questions and create a conceptual framework to guide my investigation?
How – practically?
What research methods and techniques shall I use to apply my conceptual framework (to both gather and analyse data)?
How shall I gain access to information sources?
 
WRITING THE RESEARCH PROPOSAL
You are recommended to read Saunders et al (2007) and Collis and Hussey (2009).  
The following structure covers most of the issues:
Introduction
The objectives and purpose of the project (what?): 
Provide a brief overall description of the context of the project
Why you want to study it (i.e. what puzzles and intrigues me? What do I want to know more about or better understand?)
What is the strategic question that guides the project
What are the objectives of the project
The justification for the project (why?)
Why will this be of enough interest? Is it a guide to practitioners or policy makers? Is it a contribution to knowledge?
The research questions (what? – again, but in more detail):
Identify and discuss the research questions that you will answer in the project
If you are taking a positivist approach you might frame your research question as a hypothesis
An overview of the appropriate literature:
Mapping the main writers in the field and their arguments
The definition of key concepts and outline of conceptual framework, i.e. what models, concepts and theories can I draw upon? (If you are adopting a grounded approach this section is not applicable)
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What methodological approach are you going to adopt?
You need to specify both methods of data collection and of analysis. For example, will you follow a quantitative approach that requires a particular form of statistical analysis or computer modelling, based on already collected sets of data. How accessible is the data set you require? Or do you need to go out and observe, test and measure particular phenomena?
If you are veering toward qualitative methods, how would you go about selecting your sample? Do you need to set up a survey questionnaire, or a set of questions to guide a semi-structured interview or focus group? If you need to interview or survey a sample, how will you go about accessing these subjects? 
If your work is a critical literature review, how are you going to approach this?
Research Strategy - does it fit with your research approach?  Does it fit with your research objectives?
Practical and ethical issues:
Review BSA (British Sociologists’ Association) Statement of ethical practice www.britsoc.co.uk.
ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), Research Ethics Framework
University of Nottingham Research Code of Conduct.  Ask yourself:
Does the research raise any ethical concerns that need to be resolved?
Are there any potential problems of research access?
Are there any resource issues (such as access to specialist databases or particular research software)?
Are there issues of commercial confidentiality or intellectual property rights?
A plan or timetable:
Consider drafting a Gantt chart that plots a timeline when the major elements of the project will be done.
List of References
 
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LENGTH AND PRESENTATION OF YOUR DISSERTATION
 
Length
The length of your dissertation should not be more than 20,000 words. Discuss this with your supervisor as some dissertations, particularly those with a high quantitative element, may be of a shorter length. It should be word-processed using double or one and a half spacing on A4 paper with margins of approximately 2.5 centimetres (1 inch). It should be typed using Arial or Times New Roman in 11 or 12 font.  Pages should be numbered straight through, not on a chapter by chapter basis.
 
Cover Information
All copies of the Dissertations, whether hard or electronic copies should contain the following information:
 
University of Nottingham Ningbo China
 
Title of Dissertation
 
Author’s Name
 
Name of MA/MSc degree
 
 
Title Page and Following Pages
The first page of the dissertation should be a title page, formatted as shown below:
 
 
Full Title of the Dissertation
 
by
 
Author's Name
 
Year of Publication
 
A Dissertation presented in part consideration for the degree of "Title of MA/MSc Degree".
 
 
The title page should be followed by a one page summary, the table of contents and the acknowledgements (if any).
 
 
CHAPTER STRUCTURE AND APPENDICES
 
A clear chapter structure is important to reinforce the line of argument; appendices can be used for the presentation of certain types of factual material, mathematical/statistical proofs, survey results etc., since where to include these in the text would distract from the general argument. It is customary also to include in the Appendix copies of questionnaires, interview schedules or other forms of structured data collection methods.
 
 
REFERENCES
 
All work done by other people - either published or unpublished - must be acknowledged and clearly referenced, as should the source of any published data, diagrams or photographs. Failure to do so may constitute the academic offence of plagiarism.
 
References to the work of others should be made in the text, citing author and date, for example:  'Tellis (1986) argues that ...'. A comprehensive bibliography, with references sorted alphabetically should be included at the end of the dissertation. It is important that these references should be accurate and include all the information required to enable a reader to find the references cited. There is currently no global consensus on a preferred reference citation method.  Three of the most prevalent style guidelines include APA, MLA, and Harvard method. In APA style, a widely accepted format for writing research papers, the references are listed at the end of the article in alphabetical order by author (and by year for identical authors).  APA Style guideline examples (based on the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 5th edition, 2001) are provided below.  For further reading and reference, see also the APA's official site at www.apastyle.org. Where possible the use of footnotes should be avoided when referencing.#p#分页标题#e#
 
BOOK 
Geissler, E. M.  (1998). Pocket guide to cultural assessment (2nd ed.). St. Louis, MO: Mosby. 
You can also go to WorldCat.org, search the world's largest database of library books, and click on "Cite this item" for almost any book.  Its APA citations are not 100% correct, though; beware of capitalization, state of publication, and punctuation errors (see NOTES).
 
BOOK CHAPTER, ESSAY, or ARTICLE when author is credited 
de Paula, T. C. M., Lagana, K., & Gonzalez-Ramirez, L. (1996). Mexican Americans. In J. G. Lipson, S. L Dibble, & P. A. Minarik (Eds.), Culture and nursing care: A pocket guide (pp. 203-221). San Francisco: USCF Nursing Press. 
 
BOOK CHAPTER, ESSAY, or ARTICLE when no author is credited (paper version) 
Russians. (1998). In T. L. Gall (Ed.), Worldmark encyclopedia of cultures and daily life (Vol. 4, pp. 332-339). Detroit, MI: Gale Research. 
BOOK CHAPTER, ESSAY, or ARTICLE when no author is credited (online version) 
Russians. (1998). Worldmark encyclopedia of cultures and daily life. Retrieved January 9, 2003 from Discovering Collection database. 
 
ARTICLE in a STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA (paper copy) 
Islam. (1992). In The new encyclopaedia Britannica (Vol. 22, pp. 1-43). Chicago: Encyclopaedia Britannica. 
 
ARTICLE in a STANDARD ENCYCLOPEDIA (web site version) 
Islam. (1992). In Britannica.com. Retrieved February 9, 2002 from Britannica.com database. 
 
JOURNAL ARTICLE (paper copy) 
Oguisso, T. (1999). Professional nursing in Brazil. International Nursing Review, 43, 81-94. 
 
JOURNAL ARTICLE (from an online database)   (for more details, see the APA's official site) 
Kavanagh, K., Absalom, K., Beil, W., & Schliessmann, L. (1999). Connecting and becoming culturally competent: A Lakota example. Advances in Nursing Science, 21, 9-31. Retrieved March 26, 2001 from ProQuest/Nursing Journals database. 
 
JOURNAL ARTICLE (online, on a web site)   (for more details, see the APA's official site) 
Outbreak news. (2001, February 23). Weekly Epidemiological Record, 76, 57-64. Retrieved February 28, 2001 from http://www.who.int/wer/pdf/2001/wer7608.pdf 
 
MAGAZINE ARTICLE (paper copy) 
Ulrich, T. (1997, September 22). Linking an Amish hereditary disease with cerebral palsy, a pediatrician challenges a dark inheritance. Time, 150, 30-33. 
 
MAGAZINE ARTICLE (from an online database) 
Ulrich, T. (1997, September 22). Linking an Amish hereditary disease with cerebral palsy, a pediatrician challenges a dark inheritance. Time, 150, 30-33. Retrieved March 1, 2001 from InfoTrac/Expanded Academic ASAP database. #p#分页标题#e#
 
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (paper copy) 
Padilla, H. (2000, June 6). Hugo prohibits custom animal slaughter; the vote will officially close a Hmong slaughterhouse, where animals were sacrificed for religious reasons. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), p. 1B. 
 
NEWSPAPER ARTICLE (from an online database) 
Padilla, H. (2000, June 6). Hugo prohibits custom animal slaughter; the vote will officially close a Hmong slaughterhouse, where animals were sacrificed for religious reasons. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN), p. 1B. Retrieved February 28, 2001 from Lexis-Nexis Universe/General News database. 
 
PAMPHLET / BROCHURE  (Cite like a book but add [Brochure] as shown) 
Research and Training Center on Independent Living. (1993). Guidelines for reporting and writing about people with disabilities (4th ed.) [Brochure]. Lawrence, KS: Author.  
 
ERIC DOCUMENT 
Fredrickson, M. (2000). Parent/child communication in migrant communities. Miami, FL: Annual Meeting of the Speech Communication Association. (ERIC Document Reproduction Service No. ED 377 236) 
DISSERTATION 
If you obtain an actual dissertation (not just its abstract), in print or on microform, check the Publication Manual of the APA for complete directions on citing it properly. 
 
DISSERTATION (abstract only, obtained on CINAHL) 
Crow, G. K. (1988). Toward a theory of therapeutic syncretism: The Southeast Asian experience: A study of the Cambodians' use of traditional and cosmopolitan health systems. (Doctoral dissertation, University of Utah, 1988). Abstract retrieved March 19, 2001 from CINAHL database. 
 
DISSERTATION (abstract only, obtained from DAI on FirstSearch) 
Crow, G. K. (1988). Toward a theory of therapeutic syncretism: The Southeast Asian experience: A study of the Cambodians' use of traditional and cosmopolitan health systems (Doctoral dissertation, University of Utah, 1988). Dissertation Abstracts International, 49(08B), 3101. Abstract retrieved March 19, 2001 from First Search/Dissertation Abstracts International database. 
 
WEBSITE   (NOT from an online database) (for more details, see the APA's official site) 
The Amish, the Mennonites, and the Plain People. (n.d.). Retrieved May 30, 2000 from Pennsylvania Dutch Country Welcome Center Web site: http://www.800padutch.com/amish.shtml 
 
INTERVIEWS, E-MAILS, PHONE CONVERSATIONS, etc. 
"Because they do not provide recoverable data, personal communications are not included in the reference list. Cite personal communications in text only.  Give the initials as well as the surname of the communicator, and provide as exact a date as possible." (APA Manual, section 3.102)  Example: I. M. Certain (personal communication, April 1, 2000).#p#分页标题#e#
 
PRESENTATIONS, SPEECHES, POSTER SESSIONS, etc. 
Like the example above, if they do not provide "recoverable data," these would not be included in the reference list and would be cited in the text only.  If, however, something tangible exists (e.g. handouts of PowerPoint slides, an abstract in a conference program, etc.), it might be citable.  See the APA Manual, section 4.16 D and F. Here is an example of a poster session: 
Worral, P. S. & Levin, R. (2004, June). Developing a statewide research agenda. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the American Nurses Association, Minneapolis, MN. 
Since they ask, I have suggested to students who wish to cite a presentation unofficially, for an undergraduate paper, that they could cite it like this: 
Twohy, K. (2004, January 15). Testimony given at Health, Human Services and Corrections Budget Division, St. Cloud, Minnesota.
 
 
FOOTNOTES
 
While the use of footnotes is not generally encouraged, they may be used to highlight important points that would otherwise break the flow of the text.  They should be identified numerically and presented at the foot of the page to which they refer. Endnotes should not be used.
 
DIAGRAMS AND TABLES
 
Diagrams and tables should normally be included in the text as close as possible to the point at which they are discussed. All diagrams (figures) and tables should be consecutively numbered. In the case of dissertations that contain an unusually large number of diagrams, it may be preferable to group these diagrams at the end of the relevant chapters or in an appendix.
 
 
Dissertations containing information that is commercially sensitive 
 
There is provision for dissertations considered commercially sensitive to be classified as confidential. If you are using sensitive information, obtained from a company that you have been in contact with, they may ask you not to divulge the company name and confidential information, nor to place your finished dissertation in the public domain without their authorisation.
 
A letter declaring that any sensitive information will remain absolutely confidential can be prepared by the student, confirmed by the supervisor, and given to the company in question.
 
SUBMITTING YOUR COMPLETED DISSERTATION
 
Three copies of the dissertation (two hard copies and one in electronic format) should be handed in to the Faculty Office (AB348) by 4 p.m. on 12th September 2014. One copy may be hard bound if you wish; this will be for your supervisor. The second copy should be in a format able to be photocopied for sending to Nottingham UK. The electronic copy will be for the Business School's eDissertations Archive. #p#分页标题#e#
 
For information on how to submit the electronic copy, see the Information Services guide: Please use Moodle, and the software program Turnitin.
 
Students will be regarded as having fulfilled the submission requirements only when both hard copy and electronic copies have been received. Non-submission by the due date will result in a mark of zero being recorded.  
 
Time extensions of this date are not normally given unless medical evidence is supplied and all applications for an extension must go through the Faculty Office. If a time extension is allowed it may, nevertheless, delay the marking of your work and delay your graduation. 
 
GUIDELINES FOR ASSESSMENT OF MA/MSc DISSERTATIONS
 
Assessment Criteria
 
The assessment of the dissertation will be based on the academic quality of the work.  Particular attention will be paid to the ability to integrate conceptual and empirical material, the depth of understanding of the literature, the appropriateness of the methodology and the suitability of methods of analysis.
 
In addition, the following factors will be taken into consideration:
 
the amount of effort, initiative and enthusiasm shown;
the difficulties experienced and extent to which they were overcome;
the extent of self organisation and ability demonstrated by the student;
the effectiveness, quality of work produced and the extent to which the objectives of the project were met;
the organisation and structure of the project;
the quality of referencing, appendices, figures and programs where relevant;
the quality of the project as a source of clear, concise, interesting information.
 
The supervisor gives marks out of 100 based on the quality of the dissertation. 
 
Level of pass guidelines 
 
The Postgraduate taught programme marking scheme used within the Business School may be significantly different from that which you have experienced elsewhere. As a consequence, you should not be alarmed if you are awarded marks in the 50s or 60s, as these are perfectly respectable grades. 
 
The complete range of marking standards and associated classifications is as follows:#p#分页标题#e#
 
Classification Mark/Comments
 
Distinction 80+ Outstanding piece of work
All major and minor objectives achieved
Excellent comprehension and informed criticism and analysis
Evidence of outstanding work beyond question and some originality
Free from errors and showing advanced analytical skills
 
Distinction 70-79 Excellent piece of work
All major and some minor objectives achieved
Very good comprehension and analysis of the issues involved
Excellent familiarity with the source material
No major errors and only occasional minor errors
 
Good Pass 60-69 Careful and clear piece of work
Most major objectives achieved
Good understanding of the topic
Good grasp and analysis of major issues
No major errors though some minor errors
 
Pass 50-59 Middle of the range piece of work
Basic question answered with relevant analysis
Discusses and understands most relevant issues
Material a bit thin and/or poorly focused
Possible major and some minor errors
 
Fail 30-49 A failed piece of work
Poor understanding of the chosen subject area.
                                Not a full analysis of the problem/topic
Shows some understanding of the general field
Inadequate reading/research/preparation
Major errors
 
Fail 0-29 A badly failed piece of work
Very poor arguments and analysis
Completely inadequate reading/research/preparation
Generally unsound
 
Areas of Research Interests of Members of Staff
 
STAFF MEMBERS#p#分页标题#e# PRINCIPAL RESEARCH INTERESTS METHODS
ACCOUNTING & FINANCE
Dr Wai Kin Leung Investment
Derivative
Real Estate
Chinese Finance Quantitative & Qualitative
Professor Yongmin Zhang Mortgage Backed Securities and Mortgage Pipeline
Real Estate Finance
American Options and Real Options
Private Equity Valuation
Portfolio Management and Risk Management Quantitative & Qualitative
Professor Weimin Liu Empirical asset pricing
Efficient Market Hypothesis
Corporate Events Quantitative
Mr Andrew Edwards
Accounting Education
International Financial Reporting
Language and Accounting Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Xiaogang Bi Mergers and Acquisitions
Institutional Investors
Behavioural Finance
Empirical Corporate Finance Quantitative
Ms Cass Lai
#p#分页标题#e#Capital Structure
Financing Strategies and Decision
Corporate Social Performance Quantitative 
Dr Ying Jiang Market Efficiency
Forecast volatility
Price momentum and trading strategies Quantitative
Ms Judy Tang Mergers and Acquisitions
accounting standards Quantitative & Qualitative
Ms Keying Zhu Financial accounting standards
Auditing and corporate governance Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Kevin Dow Value of Accounting Information Technology
Forensic Examination
Management Accoungting Systems
Accounting Information Systems Design Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Robert Nieschwietz Perceptions & Behaviour in the Auditing Process
Technology Acceptance, Adoption & Impact on Accouting Systems Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Aihua Zhang Mathematical Finance 
Business valuation 
Asset pricing 
#p#分页标题#e#Risk management 
Portfolio management 
Climate change
Carbon finance
Insurance mathematics Qualitative & Quantitativ
Dr Cherry Yi Zhang Empirical asset pricing 
Market anomalies and trading strategies 
Investment
Behavioural finance Quantitative
Dr Yun Shen Earnings management
Financial reporting quality
Accounting-based firm valuation model Quantitative
Ms Xiaolan Zheng Corporate governance
Capital Structure
International Finance
International Finance Quantitative
Dr Michele Geraci Optimum Monetary Policy in China and SE Asia 
Chinese Economic Development Model
Rebalancing of Chinese Economy: savings, consumption and investment
Rural Reforms, Rural Finance & microcredit
Development of China security market: shares and bonds 
Eurozone Debt Crisis, Chinese investment in  Europe, Mergers and Acquisitions #p#分页标题#e#Quantitative & Qualitativ
Dr Xiuping Hua Option returns and Volatility
Chinese Financial Markets and Economic Policy
International Finance Quantitative
ECONOMICS
Dr Qing-Ping Ma Pension economics/finance
Investment strategy/optimal portfolio management
Consumption and saving behavior
Risk control and management, 
R&D strategy/organization in industries. Theoretical & Quantitative
 
Dr David Andersson Hedonic price analysis
Regional development
Institutional competition
Location choices of artists and other creative workers
Location and interaction of scientists Quantitative
Mr David Chiang Globalisation; in the developing and newly-developed economies
Macroeconomic policy;
Microeconomic reform; and
Corporate governance and market failure. Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Eric Scheffel (Monetary) Macroeconomic Theory
Time Series Analysis (Empirical Macro)
#p#分页标题#e#Agent-based modelling
Economics of the Internet (OSS)       Quantitative
Dr Khurshid Kiani 
Business cycle research 
Applied financial economics and forecasting 
Macro financial econometrics Quantitative
Dr Lingji Kong
sampling techniques
distribution theory and application Quantitative
Dr Nana Kwabena Fiscal stability (business cycles and foreign aid incentive issues)
Price distortions (associated with exchange rate and trade policy) and Export performance 
Applied time series econometrics Quantitative
Dr Paolo Bianchi
Political economics
Local government fiscal policy
Culture and institutions
Globalization, democracy and economic growth
State owned enterprises 
Bayesian econometrics
Empirical business cycle. Quantitative
Dr Qingfeng Wang Pricing of American option
Pricing of Asian option
Pricing option with stable process Qualitative
Dr Sailesh Gunessee
#p#分页标题#e#Foreign Direct Investment (e.g. Location Choice of FDI using city- and firm-level data; Chinese Outward FDI; Effects of MNEs)
Behavioural Economics (e.g. applied managerial decision making; Chinese Economic Psychology) 
Experimental Economics (e.g. experiments on individual decision making and games)
Taxation (e.g. Individual Tax Evasion; Corporate Taxation) Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Tiantian Zhang Frontier efficiency analysis (DEA, SFA) 
Total factor productivity analysis
Banking competition and risk management. Quantitative
MARKETING, ENTREPRENEURSHIP AND MANAGEMENT SYSTEMS
Dr Alain Yee Loong Chong E-Commerce / Mobile commerce
IT and Logistics/Supply chain management 
Social computing
Green information systems, Green supply chain management
RFID and Energy & Environmental Informatics Research Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr David Edwards Information systems adoption, design & management
Social computing/social informatics 
Digital news media Qualitative
Dr Marc Mazodier Sponsorship effectiveness
Ambush marketing
Learning of brand associations
Co-branding#p#分页标题#e#
Quantitative methodology Quantative
Dr Fei Zhu Entrepreneurial Persistence
Entrepreneurial decision Making
Role of affect in the entrepreneurship context Qualitative and Quantitative
Mr Dirk C. Moosmayer B2B marketing
Pricing
Consumer response to social responsibilities
Values in marketing and management Quantitative Methods & Conceptual Work
Dr Jie Yu
 
E-commerce and online shopping
Knowledge management
Virtual community
Social Networking Sites/Services (including social games and social marketing) Quantitative
Dr Lars Bergkvist Advertising and Marketing Communications
Consumer Behaviour
Brand Management
Research Methodology Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Maris Farquharson Opportunity identification
Entrepreneurship education
The individual entrepreneur
The entrepreneurship process
#p#分页标题#e#Academic entrepreneurship
Science parks and the transfer of knowledge from HEIs Qualitative
Dr Martin Liu
Consumer Behaviour
Marketing Communication
Brand Strategy Quantitative
Nachiappan Subramanian|
 
Supply chain strategies on low-cost country sourcing
Factors causing complexity in supply chain.
Factors for implementing sustainable logistics 
Framework and methodologies to improve supply chain resilience
Logistics performance measurement
Combined model for location, allocation and routing in reverse logistics network
Critical factors for Third party logistics service providers’ success Quantitative and Qualitative
 
Ms Premylla Jeremiah Knowledge Management
Information Systems Analysis and Design
Computer Ethics, Privacy and Security
Mobile Computing and Technology Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Thomas Wing Yan Man Different Forms of Entrepreneurship
Small Business Management
Entrepreneurship Education and Learning
Business and Management Education
Training and Development#p#分页标题#e#
Strategic Management Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Tori Huang The psychology of entrepreneurship: emotion and decision making; thinking and action in adversity (e.g. persistence and learning from failure); creativity and improvisation.
New forms and platforms of entrepreneurship (e.g. e-entrepreneurship)
Entrepreneurial strategies and corporate entrepreneurship
China-related constructs (e.g. Guangxi, Mianzi, Yuan) Conceptual, Quantitative & Qualitative
Mr Trevor Bayley
Examining the effectiveness of focus groups in improving alignment in Chinese SME information systems
Understanding the factors influencing the externalization of knowledge in focus group interactions in China
Improving student interaction in small group, task based seminars at UNNC
Examining the role of alcohol in business negotiations in Ningbo.
Factors influencing the promotion of non-core sports in China. Qualitative
Dr Yi Wang Consumer behaviour in tourism industry
Marketing and protection for cultural heritages
Tourism planning, marketing and policy-making for destinations Qualitative
Dr. Guillaume Johnson Cross-cultural marketing
Consumer behaviour
Advertising effectiveness
Services marketing Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr. Felix Arndt •#p#分页标题#e# Competitive Dynamics & Firm adaptation
Corporate Entrepreneurship
Entrepreneurship Nexus
Bricolage
Open Innovation
Microfoundations of Strategy
Business Model Innovation
Organization Structure
Spin-offs Conceptual, quantitative, & qualitative
Dr. Bat Batjargal Institutional polycentrism theory
Social network theory
Entrepreneurship and venture capital in such countries as China, Russia, France, and United States Quantitative & Qualitative
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MANAGEMENT
Dr Achim Krausert
Industrial relations, trade unions, professional associations, tripartism, collective bargaining
The relationship between culture / institutions and HRM in China
Human resource management for managers
Human resource management for professionals
Performance management / performance appraisal
Employee monitoring
Strategic human resource management 
Work-life balance / working hours / flexible working in China
Other subjects in HRM, including personnel selection, rewards, equal opportunities, etc. Conceptual, Qualitative & Quantitative
Dr Brian J. Hilton #p#分页标题#e# International business, particularly globalization strategies, and the significance of cultural differences between East and West.
Systemic approaches to analysis, evaluation and synthesis of complexity. Qualitative
Dr Brian Ross Strategic Partnerships, Mergers and Collaborations between Asian and European companies
Virtual organizational relationship
Developing best practice in collaborative arrangements
Partnerships transforming over time Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Chieh Huang Regional trade agreements
Bilateral/regional investment agreements
WTO
China-Taiwan Economic Corporation Framework Agreement 
Consumer protection for digital commerce Qualitative
Dr Gary Schwarz
Outsourcing
Boundaries of the Firm
Shared Service Centers
Organization of Support Functions (F&A, IT, HR)
Transaction Cost Theory
Public Sector Organizations Theoretical, Qualitative & Quantitative
 
Ms Honor McAdam Law and Corporate Groups (professions, trade unions, commercial enterprise)
Theory (legal, social, political)
#p#分页标题#e#Labour and Employment
Business and Human Rights
Law and Governance Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Joon Hyung Park Leadership, Abusive supervision 
Proactive behavior, stress, workplace bullying
HR (turnover, expatriates)
Multilevel analysis, meta-analysis Quantitative
Ms Josephine Van-Ess Corporate Social Responsibility in China
Mergers & Acquisitions between Asian and foreign companies
Sustainability practices in Asian organizations. Qualitative & Quantitative
Dr Lei Li The relationship between multinationality and firm performance
Internationalization processes and regional/global strategies
Case studies and theory building focusing on Chinese multinational enterprises
Internationalization and performance implications of MNEs in specific industrial sectors
Case studies on and empirical investigation of international entrepreneurship Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Michal Lemanski Subsidiary mandates
Intra-coporate entrepreneurship
Diffusion of organizational practices in multinational corporations
Corporate social responsibility and international business #p#分页标题#e#Qualitative
Michael Mooney Labour Law and Employment Law
Language and Law
Law and Copyright in China
Dr Peter S. Hofman
R&D and Innovation in Chinese Firms
Energy innovation in China
Corporate Governance and Firm Strategy/Performance 
CSR reporting in China
Corporate Social Responsibility in China
Sustainability strategies in Chinese firms
Clean Technology and Renewable Energy Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Peter Lamb
Management Learning and Education
Travel and translation of ideas and models Qualitative
Rajan Gaikwad
 
Employee retention & Engagement 
HR practices (JV & M& A)
Training in private-sectors Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Shameen Prashantham MNE-SME/new venture relationships
Social capital/networks and International new ventures
Social capital/networks and SME internationalization Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr Peter Morgan Individual behaviour
#p#分页标题#e#Learning and education
Personality
Organisational structure and culture
Dr Ulf Henning Richter Corporate strategy and innovation
Corporate social responsibility & sustainability
Corporate governance and restructuring
Sustainable investment in emerging economies
Private Equity in China
Foreign direct investment by Chinese companies into Africa and Europe Quantitative & Qualitative
Dr ‘Alim Beveridge Corporate social responsibility & sustainability:
particularly, the adoption, diffusion and translation of CSR/sustainability concepts and practices
Meaningfulness of work 
Altruism, benevolence, prosocial motivation
Resilience & burnout
Social entrepreneurship & social innovations
Business ethics, especially ethical decision making 
Organizational identity
Multi-level research Conceptual, Qualitative & Quantitative
 
Dr Edward Buckingham Ethnography (meaning  Inductive and deductive approaches that recognize emic and etic knowledge) 
Organisational boundaries
Strategies in emerging markets (especially China and Indonesia)
#p#分页标题#e#Rural entrepreneurship (China’s town and village enterprises)
Edith Penrose 
The strategic importance of identity
Institutional theory
Leadership and Social capital 
Learning and organisational performance
Dr Jie Wang The impact of personality on employee outcomes
Voice behaviour
Chinese indigenous management concepts
Psychological climate
Creativity and innovative behaviour Quantitative
 
TIMELINE OF IMPORTANT STAGES
 
Task Date
 
Identify and refine topic/research area September 2013 – February 2014
 
Students Contact Potential Supervisors 17 February – 31 March 2014 
 
Initial Dissertation Proposal 15 March 2014
 
Supervisor Assigned 19 April 2014
 
First Meeting with supervisor by 26 April 2014
 
Full Dissertation Proposal 16 May 2013
 
Second meeting with Supervisor by arrangement
 
Third meeting with supervisor by arrangement
 
Submission of completed work 12 September 2014
 
MA/MSC PROGRAMMES 2013/2014
 
#p#分页标题#e#
INITIAL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL FORM
 
Name: ..………………………….
 
Contact Details (Email and Telephone number):.……………………………………………………………….…
 
MA/MSc Degree Registered For:
 
Main discipline of Dissertation *(please tick one only as the most appropriate):
 
Accounting
Corporate Social Responsibility
Economics
Entrepreneurship/Innovation
Finance
Human Resource Management
Information Systems
Marketing
Operations Management
Organizational Behavior
Strategy
Tourism
Other (please specify)
 
* Please note that if you are undertaking the MSc International Business programme, your chosen Dissertation topic must have an international business focus.
 
Proposed Title of Dissertation (indicate below): 
 
Brief outline of research problem and proposed methodology (indicate below): 
 
Significant resources required (please note it is your responsibility to investigate this and to ensure that the necessary resources are available to you to complete the project): 
 
Have you discussed your research topic with an academic staff from the school? Yes/No
If so, please indicate to whom?
 
Your Signature: ………………………………………......   Date:…………………… 
 
This form must be returned to the Faculty Office (AB348) no later than Friday 15th March 2014.
 
 
MA/MSC PROGRAMMES 2013/2014
 
AGREED DISSERTATION PROPOSAL FORM
 
Name: .………………………………
 
Assigned Supervisor of Dissertation:
 
Proposed Title of Dissertation:
 
PLEASE ATTACH YOUR AGREED OUTLINE OF YOUR FULL DISSERTATION PROPOSAL#p#分页标题#e#
 
Supervisor: …………………………………………………….(Signature) (Date)
 
Course member Signature: ……………….……………….   Date: ……………………………..
 
This form must be returned to your supervisor no later than Friday 17th May 2013.
 
REFERENCES
 
Collis, J. and Hussey, R. (2009). Business research: a practical guide for undergraduate & postgraduate students. Basingstoke : Palgrave Macmillan.
Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2007). Research methods for business students. Harlow : Financial Times Prentice Hall. 
Dr. Shih-wei Hsu 
The University of Nottingham Ningbo China 2013
 
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