Weight: 30%,Expected words (excluding references) 1800 - 2200
Question 1(Total 42 marks)
You work with a public accounting firm that offers accounting and taxation services to its clients. Taxation services have been conducted online for the last 12 months. Taxation staff meet with their clients via telephone or Skype. Dropbox is used to transfer documents from clients to the taxation staff. For the last two months the accounting services staff have been working virtually. Much of the taxation work involves preparation of taxation returns for companies, partnerships and individuals. Generally the taxation work requires two appointments with the clients. In contrast, the accounting work requires ongoing contact between the accounting staff and the clients and in many cases monthly accounting reports are produced for clients. Accounting staff used cloud computing to access their clients’ accounting records. The firm has 50 taxation staff, 100 accounting services staff and 20 staff who provide both taxation and accounting services. The partners of the firm are would like to understand their staff’s experiences about working virtually.
They ask you to conduct a qualitative research to answer the following questions concerning the virtual workplace:
You have been asked to write a research plan for the research. Your plan should include the following issues and provide a justification for the choices that you have made. Write your research plan as a report, with appropriate headings for each section.
Question 2(Total 9 marks)
Distinguish between explanatory sequential mixed methods and exploratory sequential mixed methods, explaining the type of research questions most suited to each approach.
Question 3(Total 8 marks)
Using the arguments and references presented in the paper by Grafton et al. (2011) write a paragraph about the benefits and risks associated with mixed methods. Do not use any direct quotes. Ensure that you look at the papers you refer to in your writing.
Question 4(Total 8 marks)
Compare and contrast how theory is used in quantitative and qualitative studies.
Question 5(Total 18 marks)
Question 6(Total 10 marks)
Compare and contrast how interviews are used in quantitative and qualitative studies.
Appropriate use of Harvard referencing (in-text and reference list)
(Total 5 marks)
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