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.
Module will run
Spring Term 2022-23
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
Academic and graduate skills
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
Different qualitative and quantitative approaches to business/management research (e.g. interviewing, archival research, ‘at a distance’ methods, content analysis, internet-based research, 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
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
The “Research Report” is a formative assessment that is based partially on private study and partially on in-class group work. The task is to closely examine and reflect on the methodology of a published academic article, analysing the method of composition, the nature of the research presented, and evaluating its strengths and limitations as a piece of management research. Following the in-class group work, students will submit a one-page summary “Review Report” about the article and about the reflexive processes of group learning. This formative assessment will be marked and returned to students quickly in order to help feed into the “Written Assignment” summative assessment to follow.
The “Written Assignment” will require students to apply a chosen research method (or methods) to a specific business and management issue. In the process, students will be required to critically reflect upon, and justify, the methodological choices that they have made, and describe any practical, academic, and ethical challenges they expect to face during the research process.
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Written Assignment
Special assessment rules
% of module mark
Essay/coursework Reassessment: Written Assignment
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.
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