CHOOSING AND DEFINING RESEARCH TOPICS
The three chapters at Stage II focus on a pair of tasks--selecting the problem you intend to study and devising a proposal that enables your advisors to judge the suitability of your problem and the way your propose to solve it.
Chapter 4 (Sources and Types of Research Problems) reviews a variety of sources from which you can generate research topics and proposes ways to distinguish between good and bad options.
Sometimes, as an important part of their research problem, students wish to create or adapt a theory, but they say they don't know how to go about it. Chapter 5 (Building and Adapting Theories) is intended to help meet that need.
Chapter 6 (Stating the Problem and Its Rationale) moves beyond identifying an appropriate topic to the next step of casting the problem in the form of a research proposal that makes clear why your problem is a good one and how you plan to resolve it.