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Asked 2nd Aug, 2013

How can I provide a justification of my topic research?

Should I search for any other people who have undertaken the same and/or similar research as mine?

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25th Apr, 2022
Lateef Olumide Mustapha
Nigerian Defence Academy
Jjustification can come from the domain of your work, the sets of variables, methodology adopted. You can also look at the time frame as justification. You need to carry ought in depth literature review on your topic area so as to be able to get the set of gap stated above
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3rd Aug, 2013
Ayodeji Bayo Ogunrotifa
Royal Holloway, University of London
Providing justification for your research topic stemmed solely from the outcome of your literature review. From the review, it may be that the methodologies previous studies employed did not adequately explain the phenomenon; 2. it may be that new methodology in other field of studies may contradict the existing knowledge about the phenomenon and offer fresh insight which you may want to apply; 3. it may be that the way the problem and its associated concepts were approached and defined were problematic; and 4. it may be that contemporary problem have falsified at the previous claims about the issue you are investigating. By the time you do thorough review, any of the aforementioned points will come out and that will help provide a good justification for your research. Goodluck.
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3rd Aug, 2013
Ayodeji Bayo Ogunrotifa
Royal Holloway, University of London
Providing justification for your research topic stemmed solely from the outcome of your literature review. From the review, it may be that the methodologies previous studies employed did not adequately explain the phenomenon; 2. it may be that new methodology in other field of studies may contradict the existing knowledge about the phenomenon and offer fresh insight which you may want to apply; 3. it may be that the way the problem and its associated concepts were approached and defined were problematic; and 4. it may be that contemporary problem have falsified at the previous claims about the issue you are investigating. By the time you do thorough review, any of the aforementioned points will come out and that will help provide a good justification for your research. Goodluck.
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4th Aug, 2013
Nurdiana Gaus
thanks Ayodeji
4th Aug, 2013
Ayodeji Bayo Ogunrotifa
Royal Holloway, University of London
@ Nurdiana, is the comment helpful and useful? If yes, can you vote my comment above?
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5th Aug, 2013
Nurdiana Gaus
yes obsolutely is useful for me. Of course I can vote for your answer. I voted for you.
15th May, 2015
Festus Adeyemi Adejoro
University of Nottingham
i foiound this helpfull too. thank AY
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17th May, 2015
Jessica Tengvall
University of Bergen
Very useful! 
20th Aug, 2015
Mudiaga Zini
Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust
found it very useful.
6th Oct, 2015
Charis Ghartey
Kwame Nkrumah University Of Science and Technology
very useful
19th Nov, 2015
Fazal Khan
Universiti Tun Hussein Onn Malaysia
very helpful thanks a lot
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19th Nov, 2015
Agnes Paulus Jidwin
Universiti Teknologi MARA
very useful, thanks a lot
25th Nov, 2015
Peter Kamtu
University of Jos
very useful. thanks
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20th Feb, 2016
J.s. Dalis
National Veterinary Research Institute, Vom
highly useful. Thank you so much
11th Mar, 2016
David Jorge
Universidade do Algarve
Awesome. Thank you so much.
11th Apr, 2016
Patrick Ken Kalonde
Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine
Very useful
20th Apr, 2016
Happy Oyenje John-Nwagwu
Federal University Lokoja Kogi State Nigeria.
Many thanks, found it useful.
very helpful
22nd Apr, 2016
Mfon Rebecca
Federal University Lafia, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
You can justify your research topic if you are able to show how your current research topic will fill up existing gaps in other similar researches already done and to what extent your research topic is an effort made  towards addressing the pressing needs of man,  your society and the world at large.
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1st Jul, 2016
Kelvin O. Yoro
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
 Thanks.
10th Jul, 2016
Paul Wainaina
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
very helpful.
10th Jul, 2016
Georgina Seera
Kyoto University
extremely helpful, thanks
22nd Jul, 2016
Sathiadevi Kanagasabai
University of Malaya
Helpful.Thanks for the insight.
23rd Aug, 2016
Balakrishnan Athiyaman
ABV-Indian Institute of Information Technology and Management Gwalior
It is very useful. Thanks a lot
25th Aug, 2016
Mercy johnson-ashun
University of Cape Coast
helpful and thanks
7th Sep, 2016
Desmond Ekeh
Pan-Atlantic University
Very helpful insight.
18th Sep, 2016
Edeki S.O.
Covenant University Ota Ogun State, Nigeria
Very much helpful...............
5th Oct, 2016
Hope Iyawe
University of the Witwatersrand
 Very useful
16th Oct, 2016
Surandi Wadu Mesthri
University of Manitoba
It is very well organized and easy to follow. Very useful.Thank you very much
31st Dec, 2016
Samuel Chiabom Zelibe
Federal University of Petroleum Resources
Very helpful
4th Jan, 2017
David Olugbenga Adetitun
University of Ilorin
I culled this from the net just as am also trying to properly fix the same problem. All comments here are helpful and this one too.
Customization in the Internet economy
Research about pure customization and personalization in the Internet economy
 
Justification for the research
This thesis has a practical and a scientific relevance. The most important is the scientific relevance. In this research I would like to make an addition to the work of Brynjolfsson et al. (2003), who argue that increased online availability of previously hard-to-find products represents a positive impact on consumer surplus. This addition can be found in the use of customization of digital products on the Internet. Scientific literature is scarce on the customization of digital products; this thesis tries to fill that gap.
The practical relevance can be found in the fact that the consumer plays a significant role in the Internet economy. These consumers can benefit from increased variety as was argued by Brynjolfsson et al. (2003). If the hypotheses can be supported, the practical relevance would be the answer to the overall research question, because suppliers would have more knowledge on how to customize digital products and can serve the consumer better. In addition, suppliers of digital content on the Internet should benefit of this research, because if they can find more consumers for their digital products, they might benefit from positive feedback resulting in network externalities (Arthur, 1996; Witt, 1997; Kline, 2001; Katz and Shapiro, 1985; Liebowitz and Margolis, 1994; 1995).
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8th Jul, 2017
Solomon Wuyep Zitta
Plateau State University Bokkos
Your explanation is highly rich.
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29th Oct, 2017
Temidayo Emmanuel Omoniyi
University of Ibadan
yes. the explanation is very helpful
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8th Nov, 2017
Virginus ONYEBUCHI Aruah
University of Nigeria
You really make an input on my intellectual domain
15th Nov, 2017
Julija Naskova
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Great contribution, thanks!
2nd Mar, 2018
Abdel Razzaq M Al Tawaha
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Excellent question and answer.
19th Mar, 2018
Jessica Mosweu
University of the Witwatersrand
very useful question and answer been challenged when writing justification
27th Mar, 2018
Israel Ropo Orimoloye
University of the West Indies, St. Augustine
Dear Gaus,
A strong justification of research begins with a brief statement of your interest, which will be the focus of your piece. Your interest should state what change or new knowledge you think should be enacted, what idea requests you have, or what methods you would like to implement. You don't need to go into the specifics of your argument; you just need to make a strong and clear persuasive statement or request. For example, you could write a justification statement for your area of interest with the claim, Keep the claim to a simple statement.
Once you state your claim, begin providing the reasoning. You can make any argument you like to strengthen your proposal, but if you don't have support or evidence (Gap) for your arguments, your reader will not be convinced that what you say is true, the more evidence you provide, the stronger your justification of interest is.
Wishes
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26th May, 2018
Kiirga Igbo
University of Ibadan
Thanks for the clarity.
28th Jun, 2018
Li Yuan Ong
Universiti Putra Malaysia
Thanks for the clarification.
8th Aug, 2018
Surender Gurram
National Institute of Pharmaceutical Education and Research, India, Guwahati
Thanks for sharing your knowledge. Your explanation is very helpful..
20th Aug, 2018
Olajide Aogo
standard connections ltd
Thanks very helpful
2nd Sep, 2018
Stephen Migiro
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Justification for a study is often curved from the relevant literature surveyed. Thus , research can be justified along the following criteria:
§ The gaps or silence in the literature that demand attention
§ Justification based on how the study will help improve practice.
§ Justification based on how the study will improve policy or decision-making >the benefits in terms of improving practice and policy, and other implications that will follow if the study is undertaken.
§ Testing existing untested theory, and /or
§ Justification based on personal or workplace experiences.
However, the writer should be careful to differentiate significance of the study from justification of the study
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17th Oct, 2018
Antony Odek Wando
St Pauls University,Limuru,Kenya
interesting observation
3rd Dec, 2018
Tanya Thorp
Flinders University
I think that the point that Stephen made is of interest:
"However, the writer should be careful to differentiate significance of the study from justification of the study."
I would presume that the significance of the study is the relevance to the individual e.g. the researcher and the justification of the study pertains to the wider context such as the intended audience/professionals in the same field etc.
I have found it challenging to find examples of a good research proposal so that I can see the different sections and where you include the 'hook,' to capture reader interest etc.
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4th Dec, 2018
Antony Odek Wando
St Pauls University,Limuru,Kenya
based more on the literature review and methodological gaps.
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5th Dec, 2018
Apurva Kumar Pandya
Parul Institute of Public Health Parul University
Justification for the study should be informed by gaps in the existing research, practice and theory. For this, you need to do an extensive yet comprehensive literature review in the area of your research. Research can be justified along the following criteria:
  • The gaps (epistemological, methodological, policy, implementation, programme design etc) in the research that demand attention.
  • Highlight potential contribution of the study in improving knowledge, and practice.
  • Justify how the study can improve policy or decision-making.
  • Testing existing untested theory.
  • Creating new theory, protocol or model.
  • Justification based on personal or work experiences.
  • Programmatic gaps based on bottleneck analysis, SWOT analysis or fishbone analysis of the programme to get root causes of the problems and existing gaps.
Hope I have answered your question.
All the best.
With Best Regards,
Apurvakumar Pandya
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6th Dec, 2018
Philip Brown
Birkbeck, University of London
I'm sharing the same issue. I'm writing a PhD proposal for a literature thesis, and I can't fathom any way to connect my texts (each written by a different author). I did state that they're all post-2010 ('13, '14, '15, '16, and '17), but I was told having a temporal framework is not a reasonable rationale (which does make sense to a certain degree). I find it frustrating, particularly as a PhD in a similar topic gives its rationale at the beginning of the thesis as 'they are all contemporary and each does X, Y and Z). I am struggling with how I can justify my choice of texts from being arbitrary, because every single choice could be argued as being arbitrary (aside from specific authors etc). If I can't state that my choice is based on them sharing an interrelated, yet thus-far critically understudied, topic, or a temporal framing, then what else is there for me to base it on?
26th Dec, 2018
Sandul Yasobant
Indian Institute of Public Health Gandhinagar (IIPHG)
Hi,
I see this in 3 ways-
1. Finidng the gaps about your research topic through literature search
2. Justifying why this study is important to conduct with respect to the study setting and/or study population etc.
3. How this research will contribute to the existing literature of evidences...
If we combine this three scope, then I feel that you can able to justify your study in a better way.
Hope this will be of your use!!!
Bests
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16th Jan, 2019
Afisat Ayorinde
Federal University of Technology Minna
Your answers will be of great help in my thesis.
Best regards
19th Jan, 2019
Christine Lilian
University of Kent
Very helpful answer thank you.
19th Jan, 2019
Virginus ONYEBUCHI Aruah
University of Nigeria
I thank you all for your problem solving contribution approaches.
23rd Jan, 2019
Andrew Seryazi
Makerere University
i strongly agree with @sandul
15th Mar, 2019
Selamawit Abebe Gitore
Kenyatta University
I strongly agree with Apurva Kumar Pandya and Sandul Yasobant. thank you all for your information.
16th Jun, 2019
Burhani Ayoubu
Sheffield Hallam University
I thank you all for your help in this I was in problem in justifying my RQs
18th Jun, 2019
Antony Odek Wando
St Pauls University,Limuru,Kenya
Research can be justified in terms of a) methodology as in -the difference between your research and others in terms of data collection tools, analysis etc, b) in terms of the differences in respondents or participants, c) justification in terms of the area of coverage and the timing etc ... Dr Antony Odek Wando
28th Jun, 2019
Md. Faruk Hossain
Rajshahi University of Engineering & Technology
Very helpful
16th Jul, 2019
Modestus Nduka
Michael Okpara University of Agriculture, Umudike
Justification should contain your contribution to knowledge. They include source of your data collection, methods used, which may be different from existing methods, the importance or applications of the method.
29th Aug, 2019
Hafeez Mahmud
University of Ilorin
I got very useful information, thank you all
28th Nov, 2019
Yobes Munala
University of Nairobi
Thanks for your information.
28th Nov, 2019
Antony Odek Wando
St Pauls University,Limuru,Kenya
Methodology-indicate how other related studies collected data/how different are the methods used by others from yours and why? Could it be that you want to capture some silent and unique voices? Same to data analysis methods, how about theories? How about the differences in the unit of analysis?
13th Dec, 2019
Ali Vafaei-Zadeh
Universiti Sains Malaysia
You need to find out the problem first, then support it with LR, report, etc. You need to have a skill to convey to the reader that its really a big problem because without or with this study, these things may happen/effected.
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14th Dec, 2019
Moses Baidu Suleiman
Robert Gordon University
You need to carefully observe the gaps in forms of data used, the geographical cover, industry cover of previous studies, etc. Then you communicate it using professional research language.
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10th Feb, 2020
Odeyinka Odewusi
Afe Babalola University
The justification of research can address the gap in literature, methodology or practice. for instance, in choosing between the make vs buy decision. The rationale behind buying over making could that buying is faster and safer. Also the reason for practice of making rather than buying could be that making is cheaper. Create an issue, then justify how that issue is solved
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5th Mar, 2020
Jacquie Noble-Dial
University of Cape Town
Thank you, great response!
28th Mar, 2020
Thiru Sayandhan
Asia e University AeU
Justification provide the real rationale for the research. Why one should conduct the research. the purpose of the research
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12th Apr, 2020
Fareena Ruzaik
University of Colombo
After careful evaluation of your research topic and relevant literature; you are required to develop your justification for your research problem, answering the following questions.
· What problem or issue does your research going to address?
· How will the research contribute to fill the existing gab related to your research area? You can touch on significance, if required.
· How will your research going to achieve its objectives?
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12th Apr, 2020
Constancy Prisca Aleru-Obogai
Rivers State University of Science and Technology
@Ayodeji Bayo Ogunrotifa, i found your comment very interesting and helpful.
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21st Apr, 2020
Jacinta Nnosiri
De Montfort University
Yes
3rd May, 2020
Bandi Viswanath
The ICFAI University, Jharkhand
Dear Nurdiana,
Once the area of the work has been identified then go through all the research works in that segment to understand the spectrum of the work done and what the other researchers are trying to find out /prove. From the limitations, you can identiy the scope for future contribution. so tittle focusing on main work focussing on the identified earlier limitations will give you a strong base for justification.
All the best.
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18th Jun, 2020
Wanjiku Muli
Dedan Kimathi University of Technology
Justification should tell why we should consider your research and which nitche does it cover from the already existing research. How is it going to help us
22nd Jun, 2020
Ibrahim Omaima
what is the methodological justification? and how to write it in an ideal way for a matched case-control study? i submitted a manuscript for review and the reviewer comments included that the methodological justification is poor. how can i improve it
12th Jul, 2020
James Wabwire Oguttu
University of South Africa
You provide a justification by indicating the contribution the paper makes to the subject or field.
19th Jul, 2020
Fareena Ruzaik
University of Colombo
Research justification can be established;
First step of the research proposal is to get your audience's attention; to show them why your research matters, and to make them want to know more about your research. Then, within the research proposal , the research justification or the statement of the 'problem'. This step provides to the reader with critical background or contextual information that introduces the topic area, and indicates why the research is important. Research proposals often open by outlining a central concern, issue, question or conundrum to which the research relates.
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25th Aug, 2020
Gagandeep Chani
Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
The justification part clears the "why" of your research. It requires the information that why to research on a particular topic. It includes, what negative will happen if we do not do the research and what positive impact in future we expect if we answered the research question.
Let's take it in another way, it is a combination of situation analysis, problem analysis and objective analysis, where situation analysis explains what is the current situation, problem analysis cause and effect of problem and objective how the research can contribute in changing the scenario and likelihood benefit in future.
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26th Aug, 2020
Mahmood A. Al-Shareeda
Universiti Sains Malaysia
After adding the contribution
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26th Aug, 2020
V A Sankar Ponnapalli
The ICFAI University, Hyderabad
It is depending on the work. But any how we should defend our work based on the previous research contributions.
27th Aug, 2020
Garima Jaiswal
Amity University
I think this is the first step in finalizing your research topic. if you cant think about this you will not able to go ahead. basically "WHY'' this research, ''is it Generalize".
7th Sep, 2020
Christmas Denhere
Bindura University
In a nutshell research justification refers to the reason or rationale why the researcher is undertaking the study.
8th Sep, 2020
Richard Opoku Asare
College of Nursing, Ntotroso
Justification for a research study, simply put, is the reason why the research is being conducted, taking into consideration the methods of the study. It explains the rationale for the study.
25th Sep, 2020
Taief Alaa Al-Amiedy
Universiti Sains Malaysia
You can justify your research importance through the research motivation section and also from the literature review section, especially, when you have a lot of researchers work in your research area.
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1st Oct, 2020
O.s. Albahri
Universiti Pendidikan Sultan Idris (UPSI)
This is a long story. Motivation, challenge, reconnection, and sometimes solution should be justified from the literature.
6th Oct, 2020
Abdulwahhab Essa Hamzah
Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia
The method, problems, contribution, result, your understanding to your topic finally deep literature.
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2nd Jan, 2021
Madhukar Baburao Deshmukh
Shivaji University, Kolhapur
You can I provide a justification to your research topic by through literature survey stating urgent need of the research problem for the benefit society and mankind.
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2nd May, 2021
Fares Hezam Al-Ostoot
Albaydaa University
Thanks for the good question and nice answers.
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5th May, 2021
Fares Hezam Al-Ostoot
Albaydaa University
the justification or the rationale explains why the research is needed – what gaps it aims to fill in existing literature, how it aims to add to the existing body of knowledge, or what solutions it aims to provide.
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6th May, 2021
Antony Odek Wando
St Pauls University,Limuru,Kenya
Review various aspects of a similar research,establish gaps -how different is your study from those other studies -where is the departure from other studies -this justifies/the rationale for your current studies.
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7th May, 2021
Jacinta Ukamaka
University of Nigeria
To justify one's research topic, one should carry out an empirical review on related topics and do a comparison to find out their differences. That information that is unique to the topic is the new knowledge that the research provides and that justifies the study.
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28th May, 2021
Bashier Ibrahim Osman
University of Khartoum
By defining the knowledge gap in the topic you want to study
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7th Jul, 2021
Nsikak U. Benson
Claude Bernard University Lyon 1
Typically, offering justification for a research work is exclusively based on the findings from an extensive review of literature on the research subject matter. The justification section should normally include two to three paragraphs that explain the study's relevance or rationale.
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7th Jul, 2021
Angel Tellez
Universidad Popular Autónoma del Estado de Puebla (UPAEP)
Thank you so much.
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7th Jul, 2021
Nsikak U. Benson
Claude Bernard University Lyon 1
Angel Tellez You are welcome. Recommend the answer if it was helpful.
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31st Jul, 2021
Gabriel Alo Akor
Federal University of Technology, Akure
Thanks dear Ayodele/.
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1st Aug, 2021
Fareena Ruzaik
University of Colombo
It should be the rationale for the research, or the reason why the research is being conducted, including a description of the design and methods engaged in the research.
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8th Aug, 2021
Vivian Tackie
University of Health and Allied Sciences
Justification should explain reasons why the study should be conducted. This can emanate from conducting extensive empirical literature review to identify gaps in previous studies. It can be the methodology, design,approaches etc. Justification should include 2-3 paragraphs to convey relevance of the out come of the study to practitioners, policy makers and scholars.
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24th Jan, 2022
Bamidele Ifenowo
The Federal Polytechnic, Ilaro
As previously averred by earlier contributors, justification for a study is basically identification of gaps in knowledge which should warrant the current study. It could be methodological deficiencies identified in previous studies, it could be inadequate sample size or even inappropriate population or universe. The easiest way to identify this, is to glean the recommendations for further studies of old studies where untouched areas are usually stated.
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27th Feb, 2022
Rupesh KUMAR Pandey
Central University of Bihar
Be sure that the topic chosen is neither too vague, nor too broad in scope. State the topic as a question which requires a definite answer. Clearly frame the purpose, contribution, social impact, Value, and construction of new knowledge trough your study.
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25th Apr, 2022
Lateef Olumide Mustapha
Nigerian Defence Academy
Jjustification can come from the domain of your work, the sets of variables, methodology adopted. You can also look at the time frame as justification. You need to carry ought in depth literature review on your topic area so as to be able to get the set of gap stated above
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