1. Scientific Thinking
Develop a hypothesis for a problem at a local business (for example: high employee turnover). Determine if your hypothesis has adequacy for its purpose, is testable and better than its rivals. Then, use the Checklist for Developing a Strong Hypothesis on page 64 as it relates to your hypothesis. Discuss your results. Respond to at least two of your fellow students' postings.
Hypothesis: High turnover rates (dependent variable) at Sears are due to poor management techniques (independent variable) which decreases employee motivation and morale (moderating variable).
This hypothesis narrows the study group to employees searching for new employment or who have recently left the corporation (who shall be studied). The context of the subject is narrowed to the motivation and morale level of the exiting associates. The managerial techniques are the direct cause and can be considered “the what” that should be studied to come to a conclusion. The main problem with the hypothesis is the amount of subjective information that would need to be gathered; different people respond to different management techniques. The hypothesis does allow the some narrowing of the subject matter. Further modifications could be made by using specifics as to what managerial technique is to be measured.
When reviewing the Checklist for developing a strong hypothesis in the book, Business Research Methods, one may find that the hypothesis can be developed further in order to pin point the actual cause of the high turnover rates. The first set of criteria is adequate for its purpose. Within this area one will find the strengths of the hypothesis lies in the fact that the hypothesis does actually reveal the problem (high turnover rates), relevant facts (the impact of managerial techniques on employee motivation and morale, and contains independent, dependent and moderating variables. The moderating variable is important is it shows an...