Q: What is the difference between "countermeasure and strategy research" and "path research"?
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When you are about to start your research, you have got to find an interesting question. A question that is intriguing and full of uncertainty. As a researcher, you can approach this research question (the objective of a study) in two ways: countermeasure and path research.
Countermeasures are the arguments which are set to nullify or obstruct the said research question or objective. All arguments will require extensive research. For some countermeasures, you will find exhaustive literature, and for some, you will face challenges given the nature of the problem. Depending on the availability of published research, reliable data, and characteristics of the problems, you can strategize a step-by-step plan of action that will give direction to your thought-process, enabling you to conduct research systematically within a set timeframe and produce quality results and detailed reporting.
On the other hand, the developmental path (path research) is an approach leading you to the materialisation of the said objective after examination of pre-existing factors, aspects, and methods.