Identified General Theoretical Principles Hlss 69
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My research question for the thesis is as follows; what is the impact that social media has on crisis communication in the United States? I had to reformulate my question, as it was different than the one I had in my initial proposal. I have refined my topic quite a bit and the research question I had before did not match up with what I am planning to study. So, I think this question I have come up with, although general, covers the point of my topic quite well.
In order to answer this question, I had pondered between using a case study method and and/or a document review to conduct my research the most efficiently. According to Rhee (2004), a case study is a “detailed examination of an event (or series of related events) which the analyst believes exhibits the operation of some identified general theoretical principles” (p. 192). A case study would be beneficial because it would allow for me to go in depth into my topic by focusing on a few or a small group of people. Case studies are used for many different purposes in research and have been used quite frequently in the past as well. Case studies use both qualitative and quantitative methods quite effectively, so I believed that using a case study would provide a lot of information for me that could be applied to my research. A document review, on the other hand, is a method of studying documents and evaluating them to attain an understanding of their meaning (Bowman, 2009, pg. 27). Using this would allow me to extensively research previous information that has already been collected on my topic and review it and further advance it. Document analysis requires data to be examined and interpreted in order to elicit meaning, gain an understanding, and develop empirical knowledge about a topic (Corbin & Strauss, 2008).
With that said, the method that I have decided to use for my research design section and for my thesis project overall is the document review method. I feel that I will be able to collect more extensive and informative information by using this approach. There are a magnitude of sources for me to use and so being able to analyze previous works to continue my research and to potentially add to it is definitely more beneficial, especially with the topic that I have chosen to study. I think that it would be a little bit harder to use a case study for my research because of the topic that I have chosen, but it would not be impossible. I just think that a document review is going to be something that works better for me and will allow my research to be conducted in the best way possible.
Bowen, G. (2009). Document Analysis as a Qualitative Research Method. Qualitative Research Journal, 9(2).27-40.
Corbin, J., & Strauss, A. (2008). Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Proceduresfor Developing Grounded Theory (3rd Edition). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Rhee, Y. (2004). The EPO Chain in Relationships Management: A Case Study of a Government Organization. Unpublished Doctoral Dissertation. University of Maryland, College Park.