Research design and methods

what is the difference between research design and research methods? identify and describe three common types of each respectivly

From a scientific point of view, I would describe the difference as follows:Research methods (or methodology) refers to specific protocols designed to help answer a predefined question. For example if you want to assess the level of a particular protein in a cell you might use western blot methodology to answer this question.Research design is a more generalised term in my opinion. It encompasses actually picking the questions you want to ask and methods to answer the questions: often forming these questions is based on thorough prior research. Correct design of experiments tailored to the questions you want to ask is key to successful research.
28 April 2016
To put this in simple terms the research design looks at what you are going to do - it is a plan of how you are going to take the various components of the project and align them in a logical fashion to allow you to complete the project. Research methods are those methods that yuo will use to collect data. Business is not really my area - I am more health related, but the basic principles are the same. Different types of methods may include collecting primary data through questionnaires, focus groups, or interviews ( structured semi structured or unstructured). All of these have their pros and cons, and you could also include secondary research either as a literature review or maybe as meta-analysis. You always need to consider the ethical considerations of your methods, and whether you want to generate quantitative or qualitative data. 
Richard M.
01 July 2016
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