Moreover, the research does not harm the safe or health of the participants in the research. Thirdly, I will keep the confidentiality of the private information about all participants in the research and also keep the confidentiality of the data collected in the research, and only use the collected data and information for the purpose of research.
3.7 Research limitations
Several limitations were encountered during the research. Firstly, the topic of this dissertation should be quite big, and we have the every reason to believe that any each section of this work should be discussed in a great length of article. From this point of view, the discussion of each section could be relative shallow. The second limitation was “time”. Due to the time constraints of the assignment, the study could not be as in-depth as desired. The third limitation was about the data collection in the research. Although we used the data collection techniques to collect primary data and secondary data from the extensive sources, there are some limitations. On the one hand, the secondary data may not perfectly suit the purpose of current research since data was collected for other purposes. Like Zikmund (1997) said “An inherent disadvantage of secondary data is that they were not designed specifically to meet the researcher’s needs” Also, secondary data may not be complete enough. On the other hand, the bias may exist in the primary data because the interviewer may misunderstand the answers from the interviewees and the interviewees may not express their real opinions and thoughts on the questions.
Research methods are quite crucial to any business research. Choosing an appropriate method to a large extent determines the success of the research. Both inductive and deductive approaches are used in this particular project. Both quantitative and qualitative data will be collected. The qualitative data is mainly from primary sources based on the in-depth interviews that have been conducted with the directors of the chosen SMEs in the sample and the observation of the author during the period of internship in the case company, while the quantitative data is mainly obtained from secondary resources such as some existing and historic information. In short, the methodology used in this research is considerably appropriate and effective in order to analyze the research questions and meet the research objectives.
Chapter Four Results and Analysis
The aim of this project is to investigate the human resource management practices of small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) in China. The research is mainly based on the primary research including interviews conducted with some SMEs in China and the direct observations of the researcher through the internship in a SME in Shanghai of China. This chapter is divided into two main sections. The first section is to present the results of research that includes two aspects. One is the interviews with directors or managers of ten SMEs in China. The results are summarized based on the questions designed in the last chapter during the process of interviews. The other is the observation of the researcher in one SME in China during the process of the internship. The second section is to analyze and discuss the findings of the research based on the research objectives that have been set up before the research. And the analysis of research findings is also related to the findings of the past studies that have been summarized in the chapter of literature review.