METHOD

Research methods

The following methods are applied to achieve the objectives of this research:

  • Semi-structure interviews;
  • Survey questionnaire;
  • Case studies.

Research plans

The research will be carried in the following stages:

  • Semi-structured interviews of managers to develop an appropriate survey instrument;
  • Development and validation of survey instrument;
  • Pilot test of the survey instrument;
  • Administration of the survey;
  • Analyses of the survey data;
  • Interview of selected best-practice case companies;
  • Dissemination of findings in the forms of reports, industrial seminars and publication in academic and practitioner journals.

The research commences in June 2012 and is scheduled to complete in May 2015.