Workplace Bullying in Australia

Subject: Management Research Skills

Research Design Report Outline

Develop the introduction to your research proposal. The introduction should provide background to the industry issue you have identified, definition of the problem, the aims of the study and the information needs (i.e. what information you will need in order to answer or resolve the research issue(s) or question(s)). This report should be around 800-1000 words (excluding references and appendices). Append (i.e., include in an appendix) an annotated bibliography (see Appendix A) of four relevant journal articles. Also include reference.

Complete 4 annotated bibliography 150-200 words each.(See Appendix A)
Include in-text reference and reference (Harvard referencing)

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Topic: Workplace bullying in Australia

Workplace bullying ideas:

Research issues/ questions ideas:
-How to prevent and manage workplace bullying in Australia?
–  what are the impacts and consequences of workplace bullying
– what current strategies to manage workplace bullying and how effective are they
– which behaviours/ experiences that lead to workplace bullying

You might need to be more specific and provide an industry. It would be useful for you to see what other literature/studies/research exists in other industries as that might indicate why the research should be done – perhaps there is an industry that has not been considered. When you start to consider who will be included in your research you will need to justify who should be interviewed/surveyed/observed (whatever data collection you decide on) and why. Your reading of other literature should inform your choice.

Recommended texts for Management Research Skills:

Veal, A. J. (2011). Research Methods for Leisure and Tourism: A Practical Guide (4th ed.). Essex, England: Prentice Hall. 17/07/2017 (Spring 2017) © University of Technology Sydney Page 5 of 8

Veal, A. J. & Darcy, S. (2014). Research Methods for Sport Studies and Sport Management: A Practical Guide. Oxon, UK: Routledge.

Veal, A.J. & Burton, C. (2014).Research Methods for Arts and Event Management. Harlow, UK: Pearson.

Argyrous, G. (2005), Statistics for Research: with a Guide to SPSS, Sage, London.

Babbie, E. R. (2013). The practice of social research. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing Co.
Berg, B. L. (2012). Qualitative research methods for the social sciences (3rd ed.). Needham Heights, MA: Allyn& Bacon.

Black, K. (2009), Australasian Business Statistics (2nd Ed.), John Wiley & Sons, USA

Bryman, A. (2008), Social Research Methods, Oxford University Press, Oxford

Denzin, N.K. and Lincoln, Y.S. (eds.) (2011). Handbook of Qualitative Research. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Gray, D.E. (2014). Doing Research in the Real World (3rd edition), Sage, London.


Appendix A (Conduct 4 annotated bibliography)

Annotated bibliography template


(Harvard referencing)


(i.e. Sociology, Economics, Geographic/Environmental, Psychology/Social psychology, History & Anthropology, Political Science)

Key Question

Theoretical /Applied Experimental/non-experimental
Empirical/non-empirical Primary/Secondary Data
Deductive/inductive Self-reported/Observed
Descriptive/explanatory Qualitative/Quantitative
Concise annotation


(Summary of the academic article, around 150- 200 words)




Foley, C., Schlenker, K. and Edwards, D.(2013) Determining business event legacies beyond the tourism spend: an Australian case study approach. Event Management (17) pp 311-322.
Discipline(s): Economics, political science, sociology, management
Key question: What are the legacies of business events beyond the economic legacies of the tourism spend?
Theoretical/applied Experimental/non-experimental
Empirical/non-empirical Primary/secondary data
Deductive/inductive Self-reported/observed
Descriptive/explanatory Qualitative/quantitative
Concise annotation





Marking criteria:

Criteria Needs more effort


Good effort


Great effort


Identifies a contemporary topic – 10%

Applies critical, creative and analytical skills to identify and articulate an industry problem to be investigated

Background information to set the context – succinct, relevant, informative – 40%

Presents and justifies the project research question or hypothesis

Four journal articles relevant to topic complete with template detail – 30%

Includes an annotated bibliography that is accurate and relevant to the topic

Communicates information and ideas effectively – 20%

Conveys information clearly and fluently, in high quality writer form appropriate for a professional audience (spelling, grammar, punctuation, referencing, logical sequencing, word length, report format)


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