Evaluation of Thesis
“Information needs analysis and information seeking behaviour of Entrepreneurs : with special reference to women” by Durga Murari
1. Presentation and Clarity:
The text used in this thesis is user friendly, which makes reading easy. The style of writing is precise, simple and direct.
Chapter No.4 i.e., Selected Case Studies is presented very well just like a story of an interviewee. Proper Numbering is given to list of Tables and Figures, to help the reader for easy location, cross reference etc. The style used is economic i.e. without unnecessary duplication or repetition. The bibliography and reference list is accurate; reader can retrieve the source for more information and further reference. Spacing, punctuation, spelling, margin, pagination etc. is followed properly. Annexure i.e. Questionnaire and Transcript Format – Sample Transcript (In Format) will be guidance for the reader.
2. Integration and Coherence:
There are logical and rational links between all the components of the thesis. Arrangement of contents part of the thesis is sequential & linked properly.
3. Originality and Creativity:
Very little is known of the information behaviour of the Indian Entrepreneurs and work needs to be done in this field. This study focuses on the nature of information needed by entrepreneurs and the sources used by them.
4. Review of Relevant Literature:
The present study on information needs and information seeking behavior lay at the confluence of two main fields, information studies and entrepreneurship. The Literature Review chapter briefly describes the most relevant literature. It begins with the specific areas of entrepreneurship - role of entrepreneurship in India, gender difference in entrepreneurship and information studies including information needs, the various models explaining needs, information seeking and its usage pattern. Recognizing that the entrepreneur’s many roles include that of being manager, LIS and management literature on information needs and information seeking behavior of managers is also included in this section.
A brief review of literature defining information needs, the various models explaining needs and a few empirical studies relevant to the present research is given.
The review of related research provided an understanding of the relationship between entrepreneurship and information needs. It shows that the researcher has a detailed knowledge of the field and was able to note the main theoretical and methodological issues.
It is well organized i.e.it logically flows in such a way that references least related to the problem are discussed first and those most related are discussed last like information model by Wilson’s , Girija Kumar & references related to information seeking in specific Context are noted at last. It educates the reader about the problem i.e. information needs of entrepreneurs, types of information that they require for their work, sources of information used-...