Project (BM604)
!AIPUR (RA!ASTAN) " #0$0%&
As part of the requirements to be fulfilled for the
award of the degree of Masters in Business Administration
(MBA) from Malaviya National Institute of Technology
(MNIT) !aipur students are e"pected to wor# on $ro%ect
and present a report on the same in their fourth semester&
This document contains details of e"pected practices with
respect to the research pro%ect submission& 'learly general
guidelines such as these may not cover all circumstances&
$articular emphasis and minor ad%ustments may be
necessary in individual cases& (uch ad%ustments are to be
brought to the notice of the faculty and only on their
approval it should be incorporated in the thesis& It is thus
imperative that students consult their faculty members for
specific advice and guidance on matters pertaining to the
design and content of your study and of course the
reporting of it&
%(% Ge)er*+ Fr*,e-or. o/ t0e Re1e*rc0 Project
The following outline is indicative of the overall structure of a research project. Clearly it will
have to be adapted to the particular study you have carried out.
Title Page (see Anne"ure II)
Declaration (see Anne"ure I)
Certificates (if any)
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CAPTER % I)tro34ct5o)
CAPTER $ L5ter*t4re Re65e-
CAPTER # Met0o3o+o75e1
CAPTER 4 F5)35)71 *)3 A)*+8151 o/ D*t*
CAPTER 9 Co)c+415o)1: I,;+5c*t5o)1 *)3 Reco,,e)3*t5o)1
Project Fee32*c. For, (see Anne"ure I))
%($ >or3 Le)7t0
The total length of the research project is 15,000-25,000 words !0-100 "-# si$e pages%. This
length is e&clusive of title and contents page, figures, tables, appendices and references.
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'lagiaris(, that is, the willful representation of another person)s wor*, without the
ac*nowledge(ent or the deliberate and unac*nowledged incorporation in a student)s wor* of (aterial
derived fro( the wor* published or otherwise% of another, is UNACCEPTABLE and will incur the
penalty of outright failure.
%(4 Project !o5)5)7 *)3 Re1e*rc0 Pro;o1*+
The students are re+uired to sub(it a project joining report duly signed by the industry
supervisor,depart(ent head fro( the organi$ation they have joined for their project soon after their
joining. 'lease refer to Anne"#re $$$ for t%e forat of t%e &oining Re'ort(
The joining report should ideally be acco(panied by a Researc% Pro'osal for the study that
they will be underta*ing for the project. The guidelines for preparing the proposal are as (entioned in
'art 2 of this docu(ent.
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The students are re+uired to be in constant touch with their industry and faculty supervisors
and should appraise the( of their progress in routine. "t the end of the project the students are
re+uired to sub(it a report detailing the project and its findings. The detailed guidelines regarding the
structure of project report are provided in 'art - of this docu(ent. .t is highly reco((ended that the
student plan their report writing well in ti(e as few sections of the report can be prepared
concurrently while wor*ing on the project. .t is advised not to leave the tas* of report writing
co(plete to the end stage of the project. The guidelines for specific (echanics and for(at of report
are provided in 'art # of this docu(ent.
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The students are re+uired to obtain feedbac* fro( their industrial supervisors% regarding the
+uality of their wor* and study. This should be ta*en as a positive criticis( of their wor* and an
opportunity to correct the deficiencies. The foral feed!ack (see Anne"#re $) for forat) is
re*#ired to !e taken in d#'licate fro( the industrial supervisors%. " copy is to be attached at the end
of the report and the other copy to be forwarded to the depart(ent in a sealed envelope.
$(%( T0e Re1e*rc0 Pro;o1*+
The areas covered in the research proposal are e&panded below/
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 'roposed Title
 0a(e of 1tudent
 Course
 1upervisor)s 0a(e
T0e Re1e*rc0 ?4e1t5o)<Pro2+e,<To;5c or 8;ot0e151
 .dentify your area of research *eeping it broad enough to e(brace e&isting literature2 but
 1ufficiently narrow to allow a detailed investigation
 The area identified could for( a wor*ing title
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 3&plain why you thin* this is a valid research topic
 4hat will the research contribute to the field5
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 The ai( of the research project should indicate what you wish to achieve
 The objectives are a list of goals which (ust be co(pleted in order to satisfy the ai(
usually about #-6%
e.g. to provide a state of the art review, to deter(ine how a particular (ar*et operates to
establish a typology, to assess the i(pact of so(ething
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 Choose (ethods which will allow you to (eet each of the objectives listed above2 justify
your (ethods chosen and the disadvantages of the (ethods rejected
 Try to use a (i& of (ethods
4hat follows is an atte(pt to provide you with so(e rules, and so(e helpful advice on an
acceptable practice. 7owever you are still advised to consult your tutor for (ore specific advice in
relation to your research project.
#(% T0e A21tr*ct
"n abstract should provide an overview of your study in all its aspects. .t should be around
250--00 in words and should answer the following +uest ions.
 4hat does this research set out to do and why5
 7ow did it see* to do it5
 4hat are the general findings5
 4hat do these suggest5
 4hat conclusions are reached5
 4hat are the i(plications of these5
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.n this sect ion you should e&press than*s to those who assisted you in your research. These
should be *ept to a (ini(u( and include acade(ic supervisors and people who participated in the
fieldwor*, any funding bodies and so on.
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.n the introduction you should introduce the reader to the bac*ground of the study and the
nature of the proble( being considered. .t should therefore set the study in conte&t e&plaining why
this study is important highlighting significant issues problems and ideas& The basic purpose this
section is to provide the reader a basic idea of what the subject area of the research project its
#(4 L5ter*t4re Re65e-
.n the research project students are e&pected to provide a critical review of the e&isting
literature published and unpublished% on the research area being investigated. This does not (ean
that you have to indicate every boo* and article that has been written on the subject but any research
article you read should be referenced appropriately. 0evertheless your review should indicate that
you have studied e&isting and recent wor* in the field.
The literature review should be/
 Rele+ant, 8iterature used should support your argu(ents relating to your research +uest ion
and ai( and objectives of the study. .t should uphold (ethodology. .n so(e cases you (ay
need to discuss literature review and its relationship to (ethodology in a separate chapter.
 U'-to-Date, 9ecent literature not older than five years% is reco((ended unless you are
referring to classical wor*s in your field of study. 1ources used have to be in their (ajority
pri(ary sources, secondary referencing (ay be used.
 Co're%ensi+e, :e(onstrate that you have read e&tensively without being over-inclusive.
:evelop your ability to e(ploy su((ary state(ents and to synthesi$e.
#(9 Met0o3o+o78
The purpose of this chapter is to indicate what you actually did in your research so that your
reader (ay evaluate the design procedure and findings of your study. The (ethodology sect ion
should be well-structured, written in concise, (atter-of-fact (anner and should provide answers to
the following +uestions/
 4hat actually happened5
 7ow5
 To who(5
 4ith what result5
 7ow were proble(s dealt with5
 "pproach to data5
The following is an outline of the ;ethodology 1ection
-tateent of Researc% Pro!le
 4hat is the ai( of the research study5
 4hat are its (ajor objectives5
 "ny hypothesis constructed5
Criteria for -a'le selection
 4ho are the research units5
 Characteristics of sa(ple units5
 4hat is the 1a(pling fra(e5
 4hat is the (ethod of 1a(ple select ion5
 0u(ber of total sa(ple units5
Re+iew of Data Collection .et%ods
 7ow the data collection (ethods you chose are best suited to fit your research +uestion5
 <ro( which geographic data was collected5
 4hat was the period of data collection5
 7ow 'ri(ary :ata was collected5 " detailed description of research conducted, design of the
tool, description of fieldwor*, you also need to (ention any specific procedures used.
 4hat secondary data was used5 7ow does it feed into the current research5
Pilot -t#dy (if any)
 To who( was the study ad(inistered5
 4hat changes were (ade to the research tool5
.et%ods of Analysis
 =riefly e&plain how you propose to analy$e the data,
 .f co(puter software is going to be used, a description of the type of software has to be
 4hat were the li(itations of this study and how did you overco(e these li(itations5
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.n the presentation of data you are to present the (ajor findings of your research in a
su((ari$ed for( and the details of the analyses which have been perfor(ed. The content and style
depend on the nature of the research (ethod chosen, but in the case of both +uantitative and
+ualitative studies, the object is to present the data collected to answer the research +uestions. >ou are
re+uired to see* guidance fro( your supervising faculty for preparing this section.
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a% 'resentation of data is (ainly descriptive and this is usually presented in a chronological
b% "nalysis of data is conducted through the identification of the(es. The research tools in
+ualitative research include open-ended descript ions, transcripts of interviews, essays and
observations. These produce a (ass of data which so(eti(es can be difficult to shift. "
useful way to process this data is to *eep the research +uestions% in (ind, to read through the
data a couple of ti(es until particular issues or the(es present the(selves. These can be
suggestive of a structure for presenting the descriptive data.
c% 3vidence is usually in for( of +uotations fro( the subjects being studied, discussions of
people involved, illustrations, photographs ? the variations are unli(ited.
d% >ou (ay find that there is evidence of difference of opinion. .nclude variations in opinion
and describe poles of belief. These add richness to +ualitative research.
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a% "s a preli(inary to wor*ing out results, any test given (ust be scored, data inputted into the
appropriate co(puter progra( and additional (aterial gained fro( the sa(ple (ust be sorted
out. This is often purely (echanical wor*, and it ta*es ti(e but (ust be done accurately.
b% The data presented (ust not be in their raw for(. @nly su((ari$ed data should be presented.
The only ti(e you would ever describe data on individual subjects is when you have done a
case study.
c% .n this section, the tas* is to su((ari$e data (eaningfully, through the use of descriptive
statistics. These include (ean scores, (edians, ranges, standard deviations, correlation
coefficients and so on.
d% Aisual presentation is very i(portant in +uantitative research. Braphs, tables, histogra(s, bar
graphs are si(ple ways in which to present condensed data but they are also very effective.
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a% This chapter should draw together all the issues of the research and lin* bac* to the ai( and
objectives which were outlined in the .ntroduction and ;ethodology. 7ave the ai(s set at the
beginning been (et5 .f not, why not5
b% 3valuate how your findings bear on issues or points raised in the 8iterature 9eview.
c% 4hat are the i(plications arising fro( the findings. =e careful with your generali$ations and
your interpretations. 9eco((endations should be based on evidence.
d% :o you have suggestions for future research in this area5
#(@ Re/ere)ce1
<ull details of all the boo*s and journal articles cited or referenced throughout the research
project should be included in this chapter. " reader should be able to identify the e&act source and
refer to it directly. 9eferences should be co(plete in all respects and arranged in alphabetical order.
 Te"t references should appear as follows*
C9ecent wor*s fro( "lba et al& 2005, Deller and Dotler, 2006% show that...E
 !ournal references should be listed as follows*
'rof TA 9a( 9aj 2006%, F=log ;ar*etingE, .ndian Gournal of ;ar*eting, Aol. -6 H%, pp. --
 Boo#s should be referred as follows*
A Aen*ata 9a(an, B 1o(ayajulu 2005%,FCusto(er 9elationshipE, 0ew :elhi/ Tata
;cBraw 7ill 'ublishing Co(pany 8i(ited.
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The "ppendices should include selective, supple(entary (aterial which is distracting when
placed in the (ain body of te&t. @nly (aterial which is necessary for a full understanding of your
study should be included. These include i(portant for(s, +uestionnaires or interview schedules,
description of e+uip(ent or settings, tables and lists of data supportive of the study.
4(% Pre1e)t*t5o) L*8o4t
4(%(% Ge)er*+ Te=t
Te&t should be one and a half spaced using printing on both sides of the pages and duly
nu(bered. 7owever, new chapters, sections, etc. should start fro( odd nu(bered pages.
0ont, Ti(es 0ew 9o(an, 1i$e 12, Gustified both left and right% align(ent
$n-te"t e'%asis, Ise italics or bold typeface
Paragra'%s, 0.5E <irst line indentation2 1.5 line spacing with 12 point space after paragraph
Page .argins, Top/ 1E2 =otto(/ 1E2 .nside/ 1.5E2 @utside/ 1E ;irrored layout%
Page n#!ers,
 Centered at the botto( of the page
 9o(an nu(erals i, ii,J% should be used fro( the pages
preceding Table of Contents e&cluding the title page%
 The (ain body of the te&t where the .ntroduction% co((ences on 'age 1
 The pages included in "ppendices,"nne&ure are to be nu(bered in ro(an nu(erals i, ii,
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 Chapter 7eadings si$e 16 in bold typeface
 1ub-7eadings si$e 1# in bold typeface
 ;ain Chapter headings in bloc* capitals
 Chapter headings left justified at the top of a new page
 "ll other headings justified and followed by a single line space
 Ise sub-headings together with a nu(bering syste( used in this docu(ent thus giving
structure to your wor*.
4(%(# ?4ot*t5o)1'
 1ingle line-spacing
 .ndented left and right
 Gustified left and right
 ;ust include author na(e, date and page nu(ber referring to the parent te&t
4(%(4 T*2+e1: F574re1 etc(
 ;ust be nu(bered according to the chapter e.g. Table 5.1 (eans that it is located in Chapter
5 and that it is the first table presented and discussed in this chapter%
 ;ust have a title at the top and *ey legend% underneath
 The table title (ust be set in sentence case only first letter in capital% as follow/
T*2+e 9(% 1u((ary of sa(ple characteristics
 @nly the Table inde& nu(ber should be in bold. 9est of the title should be in plain te&t.
4($ T8;5)7 *)3 Proo/ Re*35)7
"lways proof read your copies for good gra((ar and presentation before handing your wor*
to your supervising faculty. 1pecial attention should be (ade to the final draft of your report.
=e prepared for the une&pected such as hard dis* failure, loss or corruption of C:s and
printer failure. Ise bac*-up dis*s and always *eep updated% hard copies of your wor* in case of an
4(# B5)35)7
Two hard bound copies and one soft copy of the research project are to be sub(itted. The
hardbound copies should have the contents of title page inscribed,pasted on the(. .t is the studentsL
responsibility to organi$e the binding and (a*e sure that the copies are ready before the sub(ission
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., na(e of student%MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM .nstitute 3nroll(ent .: MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM
of :epart(ent of ;anage(ent 1tudies, ;alaviya 0ational .nstitute of Technology Gaipur hereby
of the project conducted at na(e of organi$ation%MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM, in partial
fulfill(ent of the re+uire(ents for the award of degree of ;=".
. declare that the wor* presented in this report is (y original and is not sub(itted anywhere
else for the award of any other degree,diplo(a by any other .nstitute. To the best of (y *nowledge
and belief, this report contains no (aterial previously published or written by any other person, e&cept
where due reference is (ade.
1ignature of 1tudent%
:ate/ 0a(e of 1tudent
1ignature of .ndustry 1upervisor%
:ate/ 0a(e N :esignation of
.ndustry 1upervisor
1ignature of <aculty 1upervisor%
:ate/ 0a(e N :esignation of
<aculty 1upervisor
1eal,1ta(p of the :epart(ent,.nstitute
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Project !o5)5)7 Re;ort
to be sub(itted at the beginning of the project%
Malaviya National Institute of Technology, ai!u"
P"o#ect $ oining Re!o"t
%& Na'e of Stu(ent
)& Institute I(
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+o""es!on(ence A(("ess -ith
Ph& No& .(u"ing P"o#ect/
0& E'ail
1& Date of oining P"o#ect
2& In(ust"ial Su!e"viso" Details
a& Na'e
3& Designation
c& Tele!hone No&
(& +ontact A(("ess
e& E'ail A(("ess
4& P"o#ect Title
5& P"o#ect Desc"i!tion
_________________________ ________________________________
(Signature of Student) (Signature of Industry Supervisor)
[Send a copy of this form to the Department office within one week of joining by post/fa/emai!"
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Project Fee32*c. For,
to be sub(itted at the end of the project%
P"o#ect $ Fee(3ac: Fo"'
(to be fi!!ed up by industry supervisor/departmenta! head)
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S& No& Pa"a'ete" E 7G G A P
*+ #tent of conceptua! reading and c!arity
,+ -omprehension of the project/assignment given
.+ Seriousness/ sincerity 0 thoroughness in p!anning
before the study started
1+ Sense of responsibi!ity and commitment
2+ 3ime and 4ua!ity orientation
5+ Initiative/ drive and enthusiasm
6+ -ommunication effectiveness and keeping the superiors
informed about the progress
7+ )revention of mistakes and seeking guidance from the
eperienced person
8+ (cceptance of mistake
*9+ Depth of study in re!ation to the scope envisage
**+ :ua!ity of ana!ysis and diagnosis/ Depth 0 breadth
*,+ )ractica!ity or recommendation vis;<;vis purpose of the
*.+ =ehavior and conduct
*1+ Discip!ine/ punctua!ity and regu!arity
*2+ :ua!ity of reporting and presentation
>& Is the "e!o"t useful to the co'!any? [ " >es [ " ?o
+& @ill you i'!le'ent suggestions of the "e!o"t, if any? [ " >es [ " ?o
D& If yes, to -hat e=tent an( in -hat "es!ect?
E& If no, can you !lease s!ecify the "easons fo" "e#ections?
F& Any -ea:nesses o3se"ve(, -hich heAshe nee(s to co""ect an( De!a"t'ent shoul( !ay attention to
G& Any as!ect on -hich heAshe shoul( !ay 'o"e attention to 3e 'o"e !"ofessional an( effective
9& Any othe" "e'a":sAo3se"vationsAsuggestions
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