Anxieties and Challenges of conducting a Business Research Project

  • Chinny Nzekwe-Excel (Speaker)

Activity: Academic Talks or PresentationsOral presentationResearch


It is now common knowledge that most disciplines at postgraduate level in higher education institutions require students to undertake a project. This usually entails planning the project, consulting relevant research/ evidence, adopting appropriate methodological approach(es), collecting/ using & analysing data and subsequently providing some recommendations following outcomes from the project. Furthermore, students are required to critically demonstrate the aforementioned processes of undertaking the project in a well-documented report. Undertaking a business research project and the writing process involved fosters students’ ability to work & learn independently as well as collaboratively (where required). Furthermore, students are opportune to learn, develop and enhance several essential skills, which are beneficial in today’s workplace. Nevertheless, there appears to be a perception that postgraduate students have the basic knowledge & understanding on how to confidently undertake their projects. Also, and sadly, students are often left to make onerous decisions on their own, which inevitably results in project reports that are either ‘nothing to write home about’ or a student having a dissatisfying learning experience who dreads conducting any project in the future. Most postgraduate students fail to see the link between the experience acquired and potential impact of the business research process on their desired career pursuits. In view of the above, this study draws insights from the experiences of international students from different UK institutions as well as from the experience of a previous Academic Tutor/Advisor for Postgraduate Students from a UK Higher Education. Outcomes from this study will help inform the development of a Postgraduate Business Module where students will learn business research processes and develop skills at level 7 to help them undertake their principle research project more confidently.
Period11 Sep 2018
Event title21st Annual Dilemmas for Human Services International Research Conference
Event typeConference
LocationNorthampton, United KingdomShow on map
Degree of RecognitionLocal


  • Business
  • Postgraduate
  • Research
  • Work-Based