APPLIES TO ACADEMIC YEAR 2016/2017
GRA 6836 Research Methodology for Strategy
Responsible for the course
Department of Strategy
According to study plan
Language of instruction
Students participating in this course will be guided towards the completion of a research proposal. The main aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills in order to successfully complete a master’s thesis.
The first part of the course covers the philosophical underpinnings of research in the strategy field. This includes the fundamentals of research design. The main section of the course covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods.
(i) To understand how to write a research proposal.
(ii) To gain knowledge of concepts and tools to collect and analyse data for strategy research.
(iii) To understand and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data sources.
(iv) To gain a broader understanding of advanced information search strategies.
(i) To be able to compare and contrast different research designs.
(ii) To be able to compare and critique different research designs, methodologies and data collection methods.
(iii) To be able to design samples, research questions and research proposals appropriately.
(iv) To be able to use and evaluate advanced methods for information ‘harvesting’ and search techniques, and critically evaluate information sources.
(v) To understand what a critical literature review is and how it can be designed and executed.
(i) To understand how research design influences and is influenced by the theme of interest.
(ii) To appreciate how to conduct original research at the MSc level and evaluate the research process.
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
Bryman, Alan, Emma Bell. 2015. Business research methods. 4th ed. Oxford University Press
Collection of articles:
Various authors. Various articles. As detailed in the course outline
During the course there may be hand-outs and other material on additional topics relevant for the course and the examination.
Introduction to the Research Process - philosophy of science, research proposals, research process, research ethics
Research Design - problems, questions, collection and design
Secondary Research and Analysis - literature searching, literature reviews, review articles.
Qualitative Research - assumptions, ideas, methodologies and methods
Computer-assisted data analysis
Qualitative and quantitative methodology, either one or combined, with a focus on the needs of designing strategy research
During the semester there will be thesis seminars to guide the students towards writing a thesis registration form. This is conducted outside the course.
Learning process and workload
A course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of 160-180 hours.
Students are expected to participate actively and to be well prepared before attending class.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class that is not included on the course homepage/It's learning or text book.
Term paper (55%)
Class participation (35%)
A completed and approved work assignment given by the library (10 %)
|Form of assessment||Weight||Group size|
|Term paper||55%||Group of max 3 students|
|Work assignment by the library||10%||Group of max 3 students|
Specific information regarding student assessment will be provided in class. This information may be relevant to requirements for term papers or other hand-ins, and/or where class participation can be one of several components of the overall assessment. This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded using points on a scale from 0-100. The final grade for the course is based on the aggregated mark of the course components. Each component is weighted as detailed in the course description. Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam components will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the points system and the mapping scale in the student portal @bi. Candidates may be called in for an oral hearing as a verification/control of written assignments.
GRA 68363 (continuous assessment) accounts for 100% of the final letter grade.
Examination support materials
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