MNMGT581-19B (HAM)

Research Methods in Management Studies

30 Points

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Waikato Management School
Te Raupapa
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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to the assumptions underlying a range of methodologies for performing research in the social sciences. The focus is on interpretive and positivist methods. The paper provides students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and converse as researchers in organisations and to develop competence in at least one research methodology. This is accomplished through the generation of a research proposal and subsequent report in a field of interest to the student and critiques of methodological approaches found in the academic literature. The student will be required to submit a report on their research findings at the end of the semester addressing all steps in the research process: generation of a research idea; literature review; choosing an appropriate methodology; data collection; analysis; interpretation; and conclusions..

Sub-objectives of the paper include:

1.To acquaint students with the methodologies of research in management studies;

2.To educate students in the theory-centred elements of research methodology, providing them with an appreciation of how theories are developed and/or tested;

3.To familiarise students with a broad repertoire of research methodologies;

4.To apply different methods in a real research project; and

5.To develop the ability to critically evaluate scholarly articles.

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Paper Structure

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The formal part of the course consists of in-class learning, seminars, and discussion. However, the emphasis is put on in class discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences. Students are expected to have read the recommended readings. For domain-specific knowledge, students are encouraged to contact their department. In this course, the lecturers will give advice primarily on methodological issues.

The paper outline identifies the lecturer who will take the lead for each section but expect a range of participants to be involved.

It is expected students will always be ready to participate and provide both questions and ideas.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand
    Understand how to design a research project and be able to discuss general frameworks for and approaches to research.
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  • Perform
    Perform a comprehensive literature review of a chosen area of research
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  • Read
    Critically read and evaluate research articles; more specifically, they should be able to critically analyze the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies for a given research question
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  • Understand
    Understand the research process and the literature, tools and techniques associated with each phase of the process from library research through objective specification, topic analysis, hypothesis formulation, selection of the research strategies and design, data collection, and analysis, to the preparation of publishable research reports.
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  • Appreciate
    Appreciate and have familiarity with important issues and papers, past and current, in their fields.
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  • Comply

    Comply with academic research ethics and referencing standards.
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Assessment

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Assessment Components

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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.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Paper review
26 Jul 2019
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Annotated Bibliography
30 Aug 2019
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Seminar
11 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
10
  • In Class: In Lecture
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Take Home Test: Case Study in Management Research
10 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Management Research Project
18 Oct 2019
5:00 PM
40
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Saunders, Mark; Lewis, Philip and Thornhill, Adrian (2016) Research Methods for Business Students, 7ed, ISBN: 978-1-292-01665-8, Pearson Education Limited

https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/B3EB5B41-5070-A41A-8F07-B7BF64355850.html

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Online Support

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All course materials are available through Moodle.
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Workload

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This is a 500 level course, and the 30 points represents approximately 300 learning hours on the part of the students. This course runs over 13 weeks, students are expected to put in at least 25 hours per week of learning effort over the duration of the course.

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Linkages to Other Papers

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The intention of this course is to get you going on your masters or PhD dissertation or thesis. That is, the proposal written for this paper can serve as the basis for your thesis or dissertation to start in the course taken after MNGT 501. You should thus be able to hit the ground running in the semester following this course.
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Prerequisite(s)

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Restriction(s)

Restricted papers: MNGT501

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