Conducting Research

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Preparing to Conduct Business Research: Part 3

Preparing to Conduct Business Research: Part 3
Nitasha Johnson
RES/351
August 14, 2012
Belinda Kennon, MBA

Preparing to Conduct Business Research: Part 3
Introduction
In the past five years, there have been reports of illegal toxic waste disposal in surrounding areas. The Red River has been subjected to this epidemic. Concerns about present evidence of harmful toxins such as benzene, toluene and xylene, in wastewater and sludge treated by the company, and serious irregularities in water testing and record keeping have been recorded by the EPA and DEQ. Research and investigation is needed to seek solution in the matter of how much human lives and health and communities have been effected because of the illegal disposal. The company is aware of all concerns of the matter and is dedicated to resolve the matter to prevent future incidents or any similar.
The scope and significance as well as magnitude of deciding whether the expose the company of its illegal and potentially harmful act ivies is to stop the act ivies, find solutions to do so, confirm whether or not the company has taken precaution possible to find other alternatives to illegal waste disposal before coming to its ultimate decision, determine the reason for the illegal waste disposal, and prevent future occurrences. The feasibility of finding a solution to the ethical dilemma has a positive outlook because the company shows genuine remorse despite the acts was initially intentional. The company has worked with the appropriate officials and departments within their sector to find plausible solutions to correct the effects of their illegal activities. The sampling method to be used in this research is the non-probability/purposive method because it has focuses on one main idea.

Research Problem
Team B has recently become aware of critical…...

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