Reference this week's lecture to develop a research question and a
hypothesis for a hypothetical business problem of your choice. Explain
the management dilemma or the business problem that the research would
attempt to solve. Your research question must relate to the business
reason for the research. For example, “Why have sales of used cars been
declining at a rate of 5% per month since July 2012 at Smith Motors?” is
a valid research question because you can investigate it with research.
A hypothesis must state an educated guess about why you think something
is happening; think about cause and effect. For example, “Sales are
declining at Smith Motors due to road construction around our
dealership” is a hypothesis because it offers a possible cause for the
problem. “Sales are declining at Smith Motors” is not a hypothesis
because it does not offer a possible cause for the problem.