The Methodology of Research is a course of study in several Master level programs like M.A., M.B.A., M.S;W., M.COM., etc, and also for M.Phil., M.S., and Ph.D. in all social sciences in most-of the universities. It is also a course of study in professional diploma courses like D.B.A., D.P.M., D.I.M. offered by universities and professionalbodies.
The course in Methodology of Research is often a problem course to both the faculty and the students, because there is no single comprehensive publi- cation that is integrated in concept, sufficient in scope and coverage and challenge to serve as the basic text for such a course. There are, of course, a few good publications on methodology of research, but they are mostly dis- ciplinespecific and do not cover all aspeds of methodology and statistical analysis.
The research students` ordeal is far more severe. They mostly grope in dark and struggle and waste a lot of time and effort without exactly knowing how to go about in each stage of research work -- from selection of the problem through report writing. In fact, they need specific guidelines on various research techniques with illustrations drawn from actul research studies, for planning and carrying out their research projects.
The bookis a response to the above perceived needs for a c~oss-dir- cjplinepractice-orientedu~o~npreh~nsive book on research methodology. It has g`OW" OUt Of my long and rich experience in guiding and evaluating research projects at Master, M. Phil. and Doctoral levels, in directing sponsored projects, in teaching methodology of research to the Master and Doctoral students over three decades, and in directing workshops on methodology of research for Doctoral research scholars and teachers.
The objective of this book is to serve as a te~ctbook for courses in Research Methodology in social sciences and also to serve as a handbook for research scholars.
Prof: Krishnaswami is an eminent scholar and a writer. He has a rich academic background and has specialised in general management, co-operative management, finance and banking. Be has contributed over 100 papers to leading journals, has conducted and yided many research projects, and has participated and presented papers in many regional and national seminars. He has directed several workshops on methodology of research.
He was on the Working Group on Research and Extension appointed by the Ministry of Education and Youth Services, Government of India in 1970, and on the Working Groups on Agricultural Finance, and the Special Working Group on Commerce Ed~ication, Tamil Nadu Planning Commission during 1971-93. He worked as a visiting research consultant in Hasanuddin University, Indonesia during 1972-73 under a programme sponsored by the ADC, New York.
He introduced M.B.A. and other management programmes in Bangaiore University and Master of Go-operative Management programme in Gandhigram Rural University. He is associated with academic bodies of several Universities and Professional bodies.
After serving as Professor and Dean Faculty of Commerce and Management Studies, Bangalore for a decade and half, Dr. Krishnaswami was working as Visiting Professor in the Department of Management Studies, Indian Institute ofScience, Bangalore For three years. Currently he is an adjunct Professor of Management in National University, San Jose, U.S.A. His publications include: Essentials of Commerce, Go-operative Democracy in Action, Go-operative Account-keeping, Go- operative Audit, Administrative Handbook for Go-operative Department, Methodology of Research in Social Sciences, MBO, the Concept and Methodology, Fundamentals of Co- operation.