Business Research Design: Exploratory, Descriptive and Causal Designs

  • S. SreejeshEmail author
  • Sanjay Mohapatra
  • M. R. Anusree


The objective of this chapter is to define and explain research design in detail. In this chapter, we discussed three major types of research designs, such as exploratory, descriptive and causal research designs. We also explained the mode of data used in each of these designs and the techniques to collect these data, which would ultimately helps the researcher to decide appropriate analysis technique. This chapter concludes with budgeting and scheduling of a business research project and elaborated the guidelines for writing a business research proposal. This chapter designed in such a way that the reader can appreciate these concepts by considering the examples and cartoon illustrations, which would better elicit and convince the concept understanding.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.IBS HyderabadIFHE UniversityHyderabadIndia
  2. 2.Xavier Institute of ManagementBhubaneswarIndia
  3. 3.Department of StatisticsUniversity of KeralaTrivandrumIndia

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