<< Designing a Research Project (2010) by Piet Verschuren et al.

Chapter 1 ~ verschuren2010designing ~ Project Design

Citation Piet Verschuren, Hans Doorewaard (2010). Designing a Research Project (Second). The Hague, Netherlands. Eleven International Publishing. Book

By far, the most important purpose of the conceptual design is steering. Not only does this mean steering in the creation of the technical design, but also in the actual implementation of the research project later on.

The steering purpose of the conceptual design can be compared to the architectural design of a building. The design (the drawings) and the detailed descriptions (the specifications) of a house are presented in such a way that others can build the house exactly in the way the architect has meant for it to be built.

When designing the research project the researcher should select a research objective and a set of research questions that are of interest to her or him. Motivation is something the researcher will need when performing time-consuming activities, which research projects tend to be.

Tables and figures

  • Figure 1.1 Overall picture of the research design
  • Figure 1.2 Research framework for researching the problem with the logistics
  • Figure 1.3 Conceptual framework 'A problem with logistics'

Figure 1.1 Overall picture of the research design Figure 1.1 ~ p.18


Figure 1.2 Research framework for researching the problem with the logistics Figure 1.2 ~ p.20


Figure 1.3 Conceptual framework 'A problem with logistics' Figure 1.3 ~ p.21


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