GRA 6836 Research Methodology for Strategy

GRA 6836 Research Methodology for Strategy

Course code: 
GRA 6836
Department: 
Strategy and Entrepreneurship
Credits: 
6
Course coordinator: 
Erik Aadland
Course name in Norwegian: 
Research Methodology for Strategy
Product category: 
Master
Portfolio: 
MSc - Core course
Semester: 
2020 Spring
Active status: 
Active
Level of study: 
Master
Teaching language: 
English
Course type: 
One semester
Introduction

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.

Learning outcomes - Knowledge

(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 research designs, methodologies and data sources.
(iv) To gain an understanding of information search strategies.

Learning outcomes - Skills

(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 critically evaluate information sources.
(v) To understand what a critical literature review is and how it can be designed and executed.

General Competence

(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.

Course content
  • 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.

Teaching and learning activities

Students are expected to participate actively and to be well prepared before attending class. 

Software tools
Stata
Additional information

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.

This is a course with continuous assessment (several exam components) and one final exam code. Each exam component is graded by using points on a scale from 0-100. The components will be weighted together according to the information in the course description in order to calculate the final letter grade for the examination code (course). Students who fail to participate in one/some/all exam elements will get a lower grade or may fail the course. You will find detailed information about the point system and the cut off points with reference to the letter grades when the course starts.

At resit, all exam components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course.

Qualifications

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.

Exam categoryWeightInvigilationDurationGroupingComment exam
Exam category:
Activity
Form of assessment:
Class participation
Exam code:
GRA68363
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
30No 1 Semester(s)Individual
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68363
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
10No 1 Week(s)Group/Individual ( 1 - 3)Library assignment
Exam category:
Submission
Form of assessment:
Written submission
Exam code:
GRA68363
Grading scale:
Point scale
Grading rules:
Internal and external examiner
Resit:
All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
60No1 Semester(s)Group ( 2 - 3)
Exams:
Exam category:Activity
Form of assessment:Class participation
Weight:30
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Individual
Duration: 1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code:GRA68363
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:10
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group/Individual (1-3)
Duration: 1 Week(s)
Comment:Library assignment
Exam code:GRA68363
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Exam category:Submission
Form of assessment:Written submission
Weight:60
Invigilation:No
Grouping (size):Group (2-3)
Duration:1 Semester(s)
Comment:
Exam code:GRA68363
Grading scale:Point scale
Resit:All components must, as a main rule, be retaken during next scheduled course
Type of Assessment: 
Continuous assessment
Grading scale: 
ECTS
Total weight: 
100
Sum workload: 
0

A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.