What is a research problem?
A research problem is a question that the research hopes to answer specific issue or gap in existing knowledge
posed in form of a question (contrast with hypothesis which is a tentative statement, an assumption)
Why is research problem required?
- it acts as introduction to the reader
- provides framework
- Must be important or necessary
- based on factual evidence (NOT HYPOTHETICAL)
- Must be relevant
- suggests a meaningful method of resting hypothesis
Sources of research problems
personal and practical experience critical appraisal of literature previous research existing theories consumer feedback performance improvement activities social issues brainstorming intuition exposure to field consultations with experts