MNMGT581-21B (NET)

Research Methods in Management Studies

30 Points

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Paper Description

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This paper introduces students to a range of methods for undertaking research in the social sciences, including interpretivist and positivist methods.The paper introduces students to the conceptual and methodological skills needed to think and perform as researchers.The required competencies are developed through the generation of a research proposal and subsequent report in a field of interest tot he student and critiques of methodological approaches found in the academic literature. At the end of the semester, students will be required to submit a research proposal in their area of interest addressing all steps in the research process, viz. generation of a research question, literature review, choosing an appropriate method to answer the question, and descriptions of proposed methods of data collection and data analysis.

Key objectives of the paper include:

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

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

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

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

5.To develop the ability to critically evaluate published research.

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Paper Structure

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The formal part of the course consists of online workshops that will take place in a lecture theatre but will be recorded via zoom or Panopto. Students are participate.

Students are expected to have read the recommended readings before the scheduled workshops. In this paper, the lecturers will give advice primarily on methods issues. For domain specific knowledge, students are encouraged to contact their department.

The paper convener 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.

Note the timetabled slots are for 2 hour which we will use when we have student presentations but on other days only one hour will be spent in formal learning activities.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper 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
    Be able to perform a comprehensive literature review of a chosen area of research.
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  • Critical Analysis
    Critically read and evaluate published research; be able to critically analyze the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies for a given research question.
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  • Understand the Research Process
    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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  • Discipline Familiarity
    Develop a familiarity with important issues and papers, past and current, in their fields.
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  • Ethics and Referencing
    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
30 Jul 2021
5:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Annotated bibliography
20 Aug 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Method description
10 Sep 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Applied management research proposal
1 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Management research proposal
22 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
25
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Seminar presentation
22 Oct 2021
5:00 PM
15
  • 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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All readings are available online through the University Library's website. Use this link to access the required readings https://rl.talis.com/3/waikato/lists/9B8D6CD6-6FF7-131C-27CD-A7B1CEF58206.html

More readings will be informed during the course of the semester.

The following textbooks are a helpful foundation.

Saunders, Mark; Lewis, Philip and Thornhill, Adrian (2016) Research Methods for Business Students, 8th edition, Pearson Education Limited, London.

Bhattacherjee, A. (2012). Social science research: Principles, methods, and practices, University of Southern Florida, Florida.Golden-Biddle, K., & Locke, K. (2007). Composing qualitative research: Sage. London.

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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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