The paper "Research Methods in Leisure and Tourism" is a perfect example of management coursework. Contemporary market and business environments are characterized by advancement in technology and increased globalization which has shrunk the world into a global village where people from varied cultural backgrounds easily interact and transact business. According to Albricht (2007), the multicultural environment makes it necessary for modern-day organizations to learn how best to manage culturally diversified workplaces and to obtain the benefits generated by such environments. The enhanced need to diversify and effectively meet the needs and rising demands of the multicultural global consumer means that organizations cannot merely apply the one-fit all management approach (Lippman, 2006). Since the management of multicultural organizations is a new concept, there is a need to critically evaluate research studies conducted on the subject in order to examine the effectiveness of management of multicultural organizations and examine what does work and what does not.
This report seeks to critically review the research methodologies and approaches used by two peer-reviewed articles focusing on the management of multicultural organizations. A comprehensive understanding of research methodology is vital in helping one critically assess research studies conducted by other researchers and thus, helps in evaluating the reliability, accuracy, consistency, validity, and relevance of their research findings (Mitchell & Jolley, 2009).
In addition, the knowledge on research methodology helps a researcher to know which research approaches and methods to use based on what they need to investigate to ensure they obtain reliable, relevant, and accurate findings that add vital information to the research area and generate new research questions. When carrying out meaningful research it is imperative for the researcher to be impartial, unbiased, accurate, and critical.
The researcher should be able to generate and form balanced and objective opinions and be in a position to ensure their personal point of views and judgments do not interfere in their review of other’ s people’ s work (Walsh, 2001). Walsh (2001) asserts that personal inclinations, attitude, and beliefs should not interfere in how researchers collect data, process data and present the data which safeguards against research bias which generates research errors that influence the accuracy, reliability, consistency, and validity of the research findings.
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