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The Methodology of Research in Management

2019/2020
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
6
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
When:
1 year, 1 module

Instructor

Course Syllabus

Abstract

The course is competence oriented and designed to help students in development their own research style and allow to plan, design, organize research, as well as analyze data, and presents results of scientific project in area International Management. During the course students should revise their own academic competencies, get familiar with European and USA research traditions. Seminars will be devoted to analysis of articles from top ten leading Management Journals (e.g. Academy of Management Review, Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Applied Psychology, Organization Science, Strategic Management Journal), discussions of possible research problems, and methodology issues, as well as possible ways for data collection and analysis. Although, the course mainly focuses on research methodology, all phases of the research will be considered: finding idea, choosing research paradigm, searching sources, designing research, collecting data, data analysis (quantitative and qualitative data), presenting results, scientific standards and best research practices. Special attention will be paid to: research ethics, differences in intercultural perspectives in the Management, organization of cross-cultural research, and scientific time management. The current control of the discipline includes five quizzes. The final grade will be based on final test, taking into account the results of results of current control.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course is primarily aimed at helping students master their academic competencies, which will allow them to plan, design, and conduct international research projects. The course focuses on the following competencies: critical thinking, academic reading and writing, time management, data analysis, communication and presentation in science. The course contains three main topics – Research Concepts, Research Design, and Data Analysis. We will discuss the differences in methodological paradigms, primary trends in Management Research, and the role of Big Data and Data Mining in contemporary science.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Can make a citation note for a given article
  • Can use Zotero for literature review purposes.
  • Can run correlation analysis (In Excel ot R)
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Topic 1. Understanding Research.
    Definition and purpose of research. Qualities of a good researcher. Types of research. The research process. Characteristics of a good research project. Practical issues: negotiating access, research ethics, managing research, time management in science. Research paradigms. Paradigms and methodology. Types of research and methodology. Positivistic methodologies. Mixing methodologies.
  • Topic 2. Designing Research.
    Role of searching for literature. General search, finding right keywords for electronic sources and bibliometrics (data mining techniques). Recording references and writing literature reviews (citation manager Zotero). Overview of research designs, identifying a research problem, purpose, theoretical framework. Transferring research questions to hypothesis. Determining the expected outcome and writing research proposals.
  • Topic 3. Analyzing Data and Presenting Results.
    Quantitative data analysis. Exploratory data analysis: frequencies, dispersion, change. Confirmatory data analysis: estimating from samples, measuring association, differences, forecasting. Advanced techniques: factor analysis, structural equation modelling. R as an open source platform for data analytics. Qualitative data analysis: coding, summarising, categorising and identifying patterns. Cognitive mapping, data displays, grounded theory, quasi-judicial method. Analysis evaluation procedures. Research report planning. Content of a research report. Data presentation. Eleventh-hour strategy. Writing papers and articles.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Final assignment
  • non-blocking Assignment1
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (1 module)
    0.3 * Assignment1 + 0.7 * Final assignment
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Sreejesh S., Mohapatra S., Anusree M.R. Business research methods: an applied orientation. Cham ; New York: Springer, 2014. 281 с.

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Fraser C. Business statistics for competitive advantage with Excel 2016: basics, model building, simulation and cases. New York, NY: Springer Science+Business Media, 2016. 475 с.