Research Methods for International Business & Management Studies - MAN00082M

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  • Department: The York Management School
  • Module co-ordinator: Information currently unavailable
  • Credit value: 20 credits
  • Credit level: M
  • Academic year of delivery: 2018-19
    • See module specification for other years: 2017-18

Module summary

The module aims to equip participants with the practical, technical, and methodological skills to conduct independent research for their own masters dissertation in the domain of business and management broadly defined. It recognises that conducting management/business research requires the development of specific and generic research skills, including: understanding the research design process, understanding different techniques for conducting research in business and management studies, and appreciating the ethical and social implications of undertaking business and management research. This module will enable students to develop critical awareness of business and management research, and will develop their skills as researchers and/or practitioners.

Module will run

Occurrence Teaching cycle
A Spring Term 2018-19

Module aims

The module aims to equip participants with the practical, technical, and methodological skills to conduct independent research for their own masters dissertation in the domain of business and management broadly defined. It recognises that conducting management/business research requires the development of specific and generic research skills, including: understanding the research design process, understanding different techniques for conducting research in business and management studies, and appreciating the ethical and social implications of undertaking business and management research. This module will enable students to develop critical awareness of business and management research, and will develop their skills as researchers and/or practitioners.

Module learning outcomes

At the successful completion of the module students will be able to:

  • Understand the use of quantitative, qualitative, and mixed-methods research in business and management studies
  • Apply relevant research methodologies to specific business/management problems
  • Draw up an appropriate research strategy for their own dissertation project
  • Understand the underlying philosophies, theoretical principles, methods and techniques applicable to research in business and management
  • Identify the practical/ethical issues involved in conducting business/management research

Module content

Subject content

· Different qualitative and quantitative approaches to business/management research (e.g. interviewing, archival research, ‘at a distance’ methods, content analysis, surveys, case studies, etc.)

· The strengths and weaknesses of different approaches to business/management research

· The theoretical foundations of different research methodologies

· The practicalities of business/management research (sources, evidence, dealing with human subjects)

· The ethical, legal and safety dimensions of conducting business/management research

· Preparing a dissertation research question, strategy, and plan

The practical sessions will include (indicatively):

  • Explanations of relevant quantitative and qualitative research methods
  • Exercises examining how to apply different research methods
  • Explorations of the challenges involved in different research methodologies

Teaching Material

  • Handouts and lecture slides will be available
  • Step by step instruction notes and secondary data will be provided for the practical sessions
  • A detailed reading list covering the module contents will be available on the VLE

Assessment

The “Review Report” will give students the opportunity to critically reflect on an academic research publication. In doing so students will analyse the method of composition, the nature of the research presented, and evaluate the strengths and limitations of the article under review. This assessment will introduce students to the process of critique at the core of a literature review.

The “Presentation” will enable students to receive formative feedback on their intended approach to the written assignment, which will form the final summative assessment of the module. In so doing, students will develop presentation skills in relation to business and management research.

Assessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
1000 Word Review Report
N/A 30
Essay/coursework
2000 Word Essay
N/A 70

Special assessment rules

None

Reassessment

Task Length % of module mark
Essay/coursework
3000 Word Essay
N/A 100

Module feedback

A comprehensive module assessment report is released to students after the summer term exam board. Individual written feedback is made available to students at the same time

Indicative reading

  • Bryman, Alan and Emma Bell (2015). Business Research Methods (4th ed.). Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Chilsa, B. (2012) Indigenous Research Methodologies. London: Sage
  • Denzin, N.K., Lincoln Y.S., and Tuhiwai Smith, L. (2008, Eds.) Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies London: Sage
  • Hantrais, Linda (2009). International Comparative Research: Theory, Methods and Practice. Basingstoke and New York: Palgrave
  • Piekkari, R. and Welch, C. (2011, Eds.): Rethinking the Case Study in International Business and Management Research, Cheltenham, UK: Edward Elgar
  • Marschan-Piekkari, R. and Welch, C. (2004, Eds.): Handbook of Qualitative Research Methods for International Business, Cheltenham, UK and Northampton, MA: Edward Elgar
  • Neuman, W.L. (2011) Social research methods: qualitative and quantitative approaches. Boston and London:Pearson Education



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