(a.) Describe the sources of research topics available to accountancy students of polytechnics in Ghana.
Research reports already published may be referred to define a specific problem.
Assistance of research organizations, which handles a number of projects of the companies can be sought to identify the problem
Professors, working in reputed academic institution can act as guides in problem identification.
Company employees and competitors can assist in identifying the problems.
Seminars / symposiums / focus groups can act as a useful source.
Cultural changes and Technological changes can act as a source for research problem identification.
Mention and discuss factors that determine the choice of a good topic forresearch study.
Access to information or data:
obstacles to gaining access to data shld be seriously taken into consideration. Accesses to information on sensitive and traumatic events and institutions could pose problems. The researcher has to find out if he/she could be permitted to gain access to the suggested sites and events before the study begins, e.g., attempting a research into BNI operations in Ghana.ii.
Achievable in time available:
with limited time available for any given research,the temptation to select involving topics shld be resisted. Researchers shld factor time consuming problems like illness, computer failure, domestic pressure, etc., when considering problems or topics for study. Time taken to accomplish a piece of research shld not be under estimated. The study (research) shld be physically possible in time, distance and volume of work.iii.
Funding or Financial support:
it’s important for the matter of cost to be
examined before a topic is finally selected especially in the face of the difficult economic situation in Ghana. Lack of funds for travelling, secretarial services,etc., may affect the results of the project.iv.
Research capabilities and interests:
a researcher with strong capabilities in behavioral science and low mathematics abilities shld avoid choosing a topic