Beside above research proposal template in word file, you can also see this below Research proposal written by one of the Ph. applicants for scholarship: The base of the Research 1.1 Background (Insert research background here – your pre-research etc | See how this applicant wrote below:) Turbulent business environment and intense business competition lead to multifaceted challenges like globalization, demand for innovation, short product life cycles, product proliferation, and time to market pressures.
These challenges affect the IT industry in general and software industry in particular.
Many pieces of research focus on different organizational mechanisms like cross-functional interfaces, control systems, dominant values, connectedness, social relations etc.
Based on the above arguments, this study integrates the concept of absorptive capacity in IS field by combining IT capabilities and other organizational capabilities.
(2012) conceptualize three different types of IT capabilities.
These are outside-in, inside-out, and spanning capabilities.(2005) identify various organizational mechanisms associated with each combinative capability: coordination, systems, and socialization.The details of these mechanisms are below: i) Coordination Capabilities: organizational mechanisms that facilitate coordination capabilities are cross-functional interfaces, job rotation, and participation in decision making ii) Systems Capabilities: common features of these capabilities are formalization and routinization 2.3.4 Competitive Advantage Competitive advantage measures the output or benefits received from firm’s ability of absorptive capacity.Cohen and Levinthal (1990) define absorptive capacity as a “firm’s ability to recognize valuable and new external knowledge, assimilate and transform this knowledge into the firm’s knowledge base, and then apply new knowledge through innovation and competitive actions”.Besides filling the theoretical gap, this study contributes practically by focusing on Software Industry in China.Additionally, it proposes a framework for software firms (SFs) and intends to empirically investigate the impact of capabilities on absorptive capacity, which in turn, helps firms in achieving competitive advantage.The software firms are selected for the study as they continuously innovate due to technological breakthroughs.Software industry faces intense competition, globalization, and technological breakthroughs.These challenges put a constant burden on software firms (SFs) not only to innovate with internet-based services but also enhance their ability of absorptive capacity to develop new software according to changing customers’ needs.2.0 Research Objectives, Research Questions, and Research Contents 2.1 Objectives of the Study (Write research objectives here) The objectives of this study are: i) To provide a holistic view by combining firms’ IT capabilities with other capabilities: coordination, systems, and socialization in a single study.ii) To investigate the degree to which Chinese software firms are successful in maximizing their ability of absorptive capacity and competitive advantage by exercising combined capabilities.