MNMGT581-19T (HAM)

Research Methods in Management Studies

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Paper Description

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This paper offers an introduction to research methods and methodology for postgraduate students toward enabling participants to form
the knowledge and develop the skills needed to carry out independent research in management or related field. A desired outcome is
that students completing the paper would be able to design and defend a research study plan and be able to write up a comprehensive
and cohesive research proposal. This is a broad introduction in order to accommodate management backgrounds generally. An aim of
the paper is also to ensure that the student may emerge prepared for other and more advanced discipline, methodology or paradigm
specific research method papers.
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Paper Structure

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The paper structure is based on lectures, seminars and forums discussions. In the first week, there are only lectures. The remaining weeks will involve a lecture followed by a student seminar in addition to the forum discussion. The seminar will require that each student choose a topic on the research methods and deliver a formally prepared seminar followed by a forum discussion session by the students and the faculty.
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Understand the management research process, evaluate criteria to select a good research topic and develop a robust research design
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  • Be familiar with multiple internal and external management database to survey the research field and know various technical operations to efficiently perform search queries
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  • To do a comprehensive, up to date and critical literature review of the field including cross-disciplinary and across the field research reviews
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  • Develop research question and test hypothesis with the aid of an appropriate methodology
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  • Appropriately address the issue of ethics in research and undertake an effective style in writing the findings in a research project
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This paper is based entirely on internal assessments.
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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. Selecting Research Topic
21 Nov 2019
No set time
  • Hand-in: In Lecture
2. Seminar
16 Dec 2019
No set time
  • In Class: In Workshop
3. Critical Review of Paper
28 Nov 2019
No set time
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Short Research Paper
16 Dec 2019
12:00 AM
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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Greener S.L. & Martelli J. (2018) An introduction to Business Research Methods (3rd edition). Ventus Publishing ApS. Copenhagen. ISBN: 978-87-403-2045-9 [Online] Available at
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Recommended Readings

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Reading List MNMGT581 (Gazi Hassan)

Research Philosophy

Alvarado, F., (1996) "Concerning Postmodernity and Organizations in the Third World: Opening a Debate and Suggestions for a
Research Agenda", Organization Science, 7, 6, 667681.
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.


FrankfortNachmias,C. and D. Nachmias. (1996). Ethics in Social Science Research, In Research Methods in the Social Sciences,
Ch4. St. Martin’s Press, NY.

Literature Reviews

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, 191207.
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 75105.
Validity and Reliability
Cook, T.D., and D.T. Campbell, "The Design and Conduct of QuasiExperiments and True Experiments in Field Settings", in Handbook
of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, M Dunnette, ed. Wiley & Sons, NY. pp 223246.
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, 147165.

Case Research

Eisenhardt, K.M., (1989) "Building Theories from Case Study Research", Academy of Management Review. 14, pp 532550.
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 369386.
Walsham, G. (1995). “Interpretive case studies in IS research: Nature and method,” European Journal of Information Systems, 4(2), 7481.

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Approximately 300 hours of the total workload including lectures, online engagement, and preparation for assessments.
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