The Literature Review : A Comprehensive Six Step Guide
What you'll learn
- Topic Selection
- Recognize and Define the Problem
- Develop the Tools for Argument
- Create a Process for Solving the Problem
- Search the Literature
- Collect and Organize the Information
- Survey the Literature
- Discover the Evidence and Build Findings
- Critique the Literature
- Draw Conclusions
- Write the Review
- Communicate and Evaluate the Conclusions
- Research Method Basic Knowledge
This course serves as a logical road map to guide the researchers and students from finding a topic to researching, organizing, arguing, and composing the review. This course consists of six steps:
Step 1. Select a Topic — Recognize and Define the Problem
Step 2. Develop the Tools for Argument — Create a Process for Solving the Problem
Step 3. Search the Literature — Collect and Organize the Information
Step 4. Survey the Literature — Discover the Evidence and Build Findings
Step-5. Critique the Literature — Interpret the findings
Step-6. Write the Review — Communicate and evaluate the conclusions
Along with details of main concepts, each section contains activities and checklists to master the contents in professional manner. Creating a successful literature review is a complex project. This course serves as a logical road map to guide the researcher from finding a topic to researching, organizing, arguing, and composing the review. The many and varied skills needed for literature review are sure to be more difficult to employ if learning is confined to trial and error. Here, gathered into one volume, are many of the strategies, tools, and techniques used by experienced researcher’s intent on building a high-quality literature review.
The course is directly aligned and explained using an applied critical-thinking model that demonstrates the logical progression needed to produce a quality literature review, while taking the mystery out of the process. This course is mainly intended for two groups of researchers: those completing master’s theses and those working on doctoral dissertations. For those doing a class research assignment or completing most master’s degree projects, the course will address the type of literature review that summarizes and evaluates the existing knowledge on a particular topic. Some master’s theses, and all doctoral dissertations, require a more sophisticated literature review. This course is also useful for the initial stage of completing a complex literature review, one that requires the student to argue and define a problem needing original research.
Who this course is for:
- This course is mainly intended for two groups of researchers: those completing master’s theses and those working on doctoral dissertations
Dr. Muhammad Shakil Ahmad is an accomplished academic and researcher in the field of management. With a Ph.D. in Management from the University Technology Malaysia, he brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise in human resource management and project management. Dr. Ahmad's passion for education and research is evident through his extensive teaching experience at prestigious institutions in different universities.
Throughout his career, Dr. Ahmad has made significant contributions to academia. He has published numerous research papers in peer-reviewed journals, including well-regarded publications such as the Journal of Knowledge Management, Leadership & Organization Development, and the Journal of Intellectual Capital. His research focuses on various areas, including workplace dignity, servant leadership, sustainable healthcare management systems, and organizational sustainability through innovation.
In addition to his teaching and research roles, Dr. Ahmad has held key leadership positions. He served as the In-charge of the Office of Research Innovation and Commercialization (ORIC) at COMSATS University Islamabad, where he worked closely with senior management to establish research goals and oversee the development of junior faculty. He has also been actively involved in academic councils and boards, further contributing to the advancement of higher education.
Dr. Ahmad's dedication to research and his ability to secure grants for important projects demonstrate his commitment to making a positive impact in society. He has successfully secured grants from organizations such as the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research of Oman and the Higher Education Commission of Pakistan. These grants have supported his research endeavors, including projects focused on economic vision, healthcare management systems, and online learning readiness.
With his extensive academic and professional background, Dr. Muhammad Shakil Ahmad is highly regarded in the field of management. His expertise, research contributions, and leadership experience make him an ideal instructor and mentor for individuals seeking to enhance their knowledge and skills in management.
Few of his publications are as follow:
Systematic Literature Reviews:
1. Tariq, S. , Jan, F. A. , Ahmad, M. S. (2016) “Green Employee Empowerment: A Systematic Literature Review on State-of-art in Green Human Resource Management”, Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 50(1), 237-269
2. Ahmad, M. S. (2019) Parenting styles and aggression among young adolescents: a systematic review of literature. Community Mental Health Journal
3. Ahmad, M. S. (2015), Parenting styles and academic achievement of young adolescents: A systematic literature review, Quantity and Quality
Ahmad, M. S. et al. (2020), “Using food choice motives to model Pakistani ethnic food purchase intention among tourists”, British Food Journal, 22(6), 1731-1753
Memon, M., Ting, H. & Ahmad, M. S. (2020) “Performance Appraisal Satisfaction and Turnover Intention: The Mediating Role of Work Engagement”, Management Decision, 58 (6), 1053-1066
Faisal, A., Ahmad, M.S. (2019), “Health Practitioners interaction with Pharmaceutical Sales Representatives: Impact on Prescription Behaviour”, Community Mental Health Journal, 56, 456–463
Cho, K. W., Brower, R., & Ahmad, M. S. (2018). Factors that Influence County Government Expenditures and Revenues: A Study of Florida County Governments. Lex localis-Journal of Local Self-Government, 16(1), 47-76.
Zahid, M. M., Ali, B., Ahmad, M. S., Ramayah, T., “Factors Affecting Purchase Intention and Social Media Publicity of Green Products: The Mediating Role of Concern for Consequences”, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Management, 25(3), 225-236
Ahmad, M. S., Abu Talib, Noraini (2017), “Barriers to empowerment: Assessment of community-led local development organizations in Pakistan, Renewable and Sustainable Energy Reviews, 74, 1361–1370
Uzma, T; Ahmad, M.S. (2017) “Impact of Islamic Work Ethics on organizational Citizenship Behavior among Female Academic Staff: The mediating role of employee engagement”, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12(3), 693-717
Wahab, A. , Ahmad, M. S. (2017), “Student Well-Being in Chinese Adolescents in Hong Kong: Theory, Intervention and Research”, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12(3), 761-763
Bhutto, A.W., Ahmad, M. S. (2017), “Forecasting the consumption of gasoline in transport sector in Pakistan based on ARIMA model”, Environmental Progress and Sustainable Energy, 36: 1490–1497
Khalid, S., Ahmad, M. S., Jadoon, I. K, Bilal, S.,Farooq,, N., “Exploring Resources, Life-balance and Wellbeing of Women who work in a Global Context, Applied Research in Quality of Life, 12 (4), 1029-1031
Ahmad, M. S., Abu Talib, Noraini (2016), “Analysis of community empowerment on projects sustainability: Moderating role of sense of community”, Social Indicators Research, 129 (3), 10391056 9.
Ahmad, R., Azmi, N., Ahmad, M. S. (2016), “Effect of Multidimensional Top Management Support on Project Success: An Empirical investigation”, Quality and Quantity: International Journal of Methodology, 50(1), 151-176
Masud, Hamid, Ahmad, M. S., Jan, F. A. , Jamil., A. (2016) “Relationship between parenting styles and academic performance of adolescents: mediating role of self-efficacy.” Asia Pacific Education Review, 17, 121-131
He is also member of several societies and associations of worldwide repute including; American Society of Public Administration (ASPA); Community of Inquiry Framework, University of Calgary, Canada; Associate Regional Director at International Institute of Marketing Professionals, Canada.