Research Methods in Management Studies
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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
On completion of the paper, students should (assessment in parentheses):
1. Understand what is management research and how is it carried out. Specifically, how to design a research project and be able to discuss general frameworks for and approaches to research (All);
2 : Be able to perform a comprehensive literature review of a chosen area of research (all but Intro Paper);
3 : Be more able to critically read and evaluate the literature to find and place their research idea into a gap; more specifically, they should be able to critically analyze the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies for a given research question or distinguish between a badly executed business research from a good one (All but Intro paper);
4 : Be able to understand the research process and the literature, tools and techniques associated with each phase of the process from library research through research motivation, research question, hypothesis formulation, selection of the research strategies and design, data collection, and analysis, to the preparation of publishable research reports (All);
5 : Have a familiarity with important issues and papers, past and current, in their fields (Anotated Bib and Lit Review);
6 : Understand proper research ethics and referencing (All).
7. Have a knowledge about how to publish in a good journal and make their research visible (All).Linked to the following assessments:
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Preliminary Research Topic||
19 Nov 2018
|3. Case Study in Management Research 1||
26 Nov 2018
|4. Case Study in Management Research 2||
5 Dec 2018
|5. Research Paper||
14 Dec 2018
Required and Recommended Readings*
Saunders, Mark; Lewis, Philip and Thornhill, Adrian (2016) Research Methods for Business Students, 7ed, ISBN: 978-1-292-01665-8, Pearson Education Limited
Introduction, Paradigm, Design
Alvarado, F., (1996) "Concerning Postmodernity and Organizations in the Third World: Opening a Debate and Suggestions for a
Research Agenda", Organization Science, 7, 6, 667-681.
Burrell, G., and G. Morgan, (1979) Sociological Paradigms and Organisational Analysis, Heineman, London.
Meredith, J.R. (1995) "What Is Empirical Research?" Decision Line, March, 1011.
Moore, N. (2000). Develop the Research Objectives. How to Do Research, London: Facet Publishing. ixxv, 39.
Frankfort-Nachmias,C. and D. Nachmias. (1996). Ethics in Social Science Research, In Research Methods in the Social Sciences,
Ch4. St. Martin’s Press, NY.
Parsons, L.C. and M.S. Harris. (2002). Relevance, Writing Style, and Synthesis: Key Elements in a Focused Review of the Literature.
Orthopedic Nursing, 21(5). 65.
Rowley, J. and F. Slack. (2004). Conducting a Literature Review. Management Research News, 27(6), 3139.
Torraco, R. J. (2005). Writing Integrative Literature Reviews: Guidelines and Examples. Human Resource Development Review, 4(3),
Webster, J. and Watson, R.T. (2002). Analysing the Past to Prepare for the Future: Writing a Literature Review. MIS Quarterly, 26(2).
Orlikowski, W.J. and J.J. Baroudi, "Studying Information Technology in Organizations: Research Approaches and Assumptions",
Information Systems Research, 2, 1, March 1991.
Deetz, S. (1996)"Describing Differences in Approaches to Organization Science: Rethinking Burrell and Morgan and Their Legacy",
Organization Science, 7, 2, 191-207.
Doolin, B. "Field Research in Information Systems". Working paper. U of Waikato.
Robey, D. (1994) Diversity in Research on Information Systems. Decision Line. 67.
Pope, J.A. (1995) "Improving Survey Response Rates", Decision Line, March, 34.
Pinsonneault, A. and K. Kraemer, "Survey Research Methodology in Management Information Systems: An Assessment", Journal of
Management Information Systems, Fall 1993, Vol. 10 No. 2., pp 75-105.
Validity and Reliability
Cook, T.D., and D.T. Campbell, "The Design and Conduct of QuasiExperiments and True Experiments in Field Settings", in Handbook
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Dröge, C. (1996) "How Valid are Measurements?" Decision Line, Sept/Oct, 1012.
Straub, D.W. and C.L. Carlson, (1989) "Validating Instruments in MIS Research", MIS Quarterly, 147-165.
Eisenhardt, K.M., (1989) "Building Theories from Case Study Research", Academy of Management Review. 14, pp 532-550.
Doolin, B., "Case Research in Information Systems: An Alternative Perspective", Research Report Series, 19948, Department of
Management Systems, University of Waikato
Benbasat, I., D.K. Goldstein, & M. Mead, "The Case Research Strategy in Studies of Information Systems", MIS Quarterly, September
1987, p 369-386.
Walsham, G. (1995). “Interpretive case studies in IS research: Nature and method,” European Journal of Information Systems, 4(2), 74-81.
Checkland, P. (1991) "From Framework Through Experience to Learning:The Essential Natureof Action Research", Information
Systems Research, 397-403.
Elden, M. and R.F. Chisholm, (1993) "Emerging Varieties of Action Research: Introduction to the Special Issue", Human Relations, 46,
Chisholm, R.F. and M. Elden, (1993) "Features of Emerging Action Research",Human Relations, 46, 2, 275298.
Robertson, J. (2000)“The Three Rs of Action Research: reciprocity, reflexivity and reflectiononreality,” Education Action Research, 8,
Strauss, A. and J. Corbin. (1994). Grounded Theory Methodology. In Handbook of Qualitative Research, N. Denzin and Y. Lincoln, Sage.
Hannabuss, S. (1996). Research Interviews. New Library World, 97107.
Alvesson, M. (2002). Postmodernism and Social Research. Buckingham,UK; Open University Press. 117.
Van Dijk, T.A. (1998). Principles of Critical Discourse Analysis. In The Sociolinguistics Reader, Vol 2, Ch 14, Gender and Discourse. J.
Cheshire and P. Trudge, Arnold, London. 367-393.
Lacity, M. C. and Janson, M.A. (1994). Understanding Qualitative Data: A Framework of Text Analysis Methods. Journal of MIS, 11(2),
A dictionary of management research method: