Pilot studies or trials – which are comparative randomized trials designed to provide preliminary evidence on the efficacy of an intervention or theoretical model / concept – are routinely performed in many social and other research areas. Also commonly known as “feasibility” or “vanguard” studies, they are designed to assess the potential of an intervention; to assess potential of a concept; to assess the feasibility of international collaboration in a research work or coordination for multi countries studies; to increase experience with the study or intervention. These are the best ways to assess feasibility of a large, expensive full-scale study, and in fact are an almost essential pre-requisite. Conducting a pilot prior to the main study can enhance the likelihood of success of the main study and potentially help to avoid doomed main studies. The key aspects of pilot studies includes: 1) the general reasons for conducting a pilot study; 2) the relationships between pilot studies, proof-of-concept studies, and adaptive theoretical designs; 3) the challenges of and misconceptions about pilot studies; 4) the criteria for evaluating the success of a pilot study; 5) frequently asked questions about pilot studies; 7) some ethical aspects related to pilot studies; and 8) some suggestions on how to report the results of pilot investigations using any special format. One another area of using a pilot study is also to identify which statistical tools may be useful for effective results in the main full scale study.
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Dr. Vijesh Jain specializes in international business & cross cultural management in MNCs and helps industry, academia and researchers excel in their international business efforts, be it promotion, documentation or management of international and multicultural teams. In the past he has conducted several training programs and trained executives of companies like J.K. Papers Ltd., India, Syscom Morpho Corporation, Maruti Suzulki Ltd., Ranbaxy etc. His research and teaching interests include areas like - Geopolitical Environment for Business, Global Sustainability Studies, International Business Strategy, Cross Cultural Management, International HRM, e Commerce innovation, Management Education. Before joining Unitedworld School of Business, Gandhinagar, Ahmedabad as Director - Academics, he was Professor with Institute of Technology and Science, Ghaziabad, India and Associate Professor and Dean of academics with IILM Business School, Gurgaon, India. He has widely traveled to different countries for business, research and teaching and is collaborating with professors in other parts of the world in his areas of interest. Dr. Jain is an engineering graduate from Birla Institute of Technology and Sciences, Pilani and Master of International Business from Indian Institute of Foreign Trade, New Delhi, and have 28 years of total experience in international trade (16 years) and management education, research & corporate training (13 years). He is a Certified Global Business Professional by NASBITE, USA and recipient of Dr. Jagdish N. Sheth Award for best PhD research for the year 2015 conferred by Birla Institute of Management Technology, Delhi National Capital Region, India. He has also authored two books namely -1) Establishing Exports and Imports Business in India and 2) Multicultural Workplaces: War of Culturally Seasoned Minds (Co - Author: Susana Costa e Silva). He is also actively pursuing his own youtube channels : 1) International Trade Made Easy and 2) vijeshjain View all posts by Vijesh Jain