Research paper sample Qualitative Research Plan

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The integration of varying organisational cultures in collaborating organisations is a complicated and challenging undertaking. The ineffectiveness of most organisation partnership in the modern economy is also due to poor management of different organisational cultures.  As defined, organisational culture involves human being behaviours and their impacts on the organisation’s progress. Therefore, to succeed in partnership between government and nongovernmental organisations, policy makers and implementers should appreciate and effectively integrate the conflicting organisation cultural differences.

Purpose statement

The understanding of partners’ organisational culture is relatively useful in supporting reliable and sustainable partnership. In most instances, the appreciation of partners’ cultural practices reduces unnecessary conflicts and confusions among the involved partners. Moreover, the integration of the organisation cultures between nongovernment organisations and government institutions can help in the formulation of collective and sustainable development policies.

Research question

The research question will be useful in facilitating the identification of reliable means of integrating government and nongovernmental organisational culture.  Researchers will examine the usefulness of the research question by evaluating whether it has offered the required solution to the research problem. The variable of the question will also be justified by linking it to the study problem.


What is the most effective mean of appreciating and integrating government and nongovernmental organisation cultural practices?


Based on the available wide range of empirical evidences, to implement their policies, modern governments are seeking partnership with nongovernmental and non-profit organisations (Ravasi & Schultz, 2006). However, the partnership between nongovernmental organisations and government has faced major setbacks due to conflicting cultural practices. Therefore, research that will aim at identifying reliable mean of appreciating organisational culture among partnering entities will be critical in supporting productive partnership between government and nongovernmental organisations.

Appropriateness of the research design

A qualitative research design will be appropriate in enhancing the understanding of the significant of organisational culture in supporting a successful partnership. The research design will also suitable in identifying reliable mechanisms of reducing unnecessary conflict among collaborating entities

Qualitative approach

In answering the research question, researchers will rely on two critical qualitative approaches, ethnography and case study approach. The case study approach will examine case of partnerships that encounter organisational culture conflict. The ethnography research will be vital in comparing organisation cultural practices between two entities.

Theoretical framework

As stated in Schein’s theory of organisational culture, cultural practices in an organisation are relatively useful in facilitating the success of business partnership. The theory further states that it is a complicated process to change a popular organisation cultural practice (Jex, & Britt, 2008). Therefore, the success of any partnership revolves around the understanding of partners’ organisation cultural behaviours and practices.

Target population

The research will target scholars who understand the significant of organisation culture. The study will also target nongovernmental organisation business executives and government officials in United States.

Dependent and independent variables

In the research, the dependent variable will be organisational culture among collaborating entities. The independent variable will be the impacts of understanding and integrating organisation cultures among collaborating entities

Research instruments

The study will rely on questionnaires in collecting critical research information.  Research questions will also be useful in answering the research questions. Other critical research instruments include recording tools, human capital, computer, and writing materials.

Data collection procedures

Initially, the research will undertake a literature review to understand the existing theories and assumptions on the topic. Secondly, researchers will identify the research sample an interview them to answer the research question. The researcher will collect and record all data to facilitate effective data analysis. The final step will involve writing and presenting a report to the relevant authority.

Threat to validity

Possible bias on the collected information could be a major threat to the study validity. Other factors that may threat the validity of the research findings include limited resources and time, research incompetence, and the unwillingness of the witness to present accurate information (Thomas, Nelson, & Silverman, 2011). 

Data analysis

Researchers will be required to analysis their own data and present them for comparison. SPSS will also be critical in analysing numerical data. Interpretational analysis will also be essential in analysis the partnership trend between private entities and modern governments.

                                     Ethical considerations

To avoid ethical issues, researchers need to get approval from all the relevant authorities. Furthermore, researchers have an obligation of ensuring the all participants understand the objective of the research. Signing of the consent form will also play a critical role in reducing unnecessary ethical conflict between researchers and participants.


Jex, S. Jex & Britt, T. (2008). Organizational Psychology, A Scientist-Practitioner Approach,       New York, NY:  John Wiley & Sons

Ravasi, D., & Schultz, M. (2006). Responding to organizational identity threats: exploring the role of organizational culture, Academy of Management Journal, 49, (3), 433–458

Thomas, J. R., Nelson, J. K., & Silverman, S. J. (2011). Research methods in physical             activity. Champaign, IL: Human K

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