Essays on Relevance of Corporate Social Responsibility in Risk Management in Construction Projects Literature review

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The paper "The relevance of Corporate Social Responsibility in Risk Management in Construction Projects" is a good example of a literature review on management. According to (Hart 2003, p. 8), the literature review provides a researcher with a means of getting to the frontiers of knowledge on a particular field of study. It is further argued that undertaking a comprehensive literature review is necessary for one to learn what has already been done by others in a particular field of study in order to develop a research project that contributes to knowledge in a particular field of study.

In essence, the literature review forms a foundation upon which all future works must be built. Jesson, Matheson, and Lacey (2011, p. 34), observe that a good literature review is necessary since it performs a number of functions in research. The most important one is that doing a good literature review gives originality and relevance to the topic of research. It identifies specific questions that have not been answered and problems that have not been solved in a particular field of knowledge (Jesson, Matheson & Lacey 2011, p.

38). The originality of a particular discussion can be derived from the fact that the research is either an extension of an already published research or a modification of an existing theory or methodology (Hart 2003, p. 11). This justifies the relevance of a particular research topic. Also, by offering a critical analysis of a number of published studies in a particular field of knowledge, a good literature review demonstrates awareness and deep understanding on the part of the researcher (Jesson, Matheson & Lacey 2011, p.

41). It demonstrates that a researcher has a good understanding of a wide range of research in theory and methodology which is related to the proposed topic of research. Further, doing a thorough review of literature enables the researcher to evaluate the choice of the dissertation topic against the general research already done in the area of choice (Dawidowicz 2010, p. 86). This process, therefore, creates a valuable bridge between the research being conducted and what has already been done by others.


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