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A Proposal Review 1. Research Question The proposal question – How has the credit crisis had an effect on the capital structure of Dutch SMEs? – is essentially quantitative in construct but the elements appear to indicate a confused tendency towards quantitative investigation. There are other things to improve on. First, for quantitative studies, which this study is, the words “what” or “why” are most appropriate to begin the research question (RQ) if the research design intends to find a cause-and-effect relationship (“what”) or the reason for such relationship (“why”) (Creswell 130). Moreover, directional ...