Excerpt from course description

Research Methodology for Organisational Behaviour


The purpose of this course is to develop your competence in doing and using research in your roles as students and future professionals. The aim is threefold. First, to provide students with knowledge and skills that enable them to conduct the initial phase of their Thesis projects. Second, to guide students towards becoming critical readers and users of OB research. Third, to promote sound research methods to inform analysis and decision making in your future professional careers. 

The course is process-oriented and has an applied focus, where students are initially given a general introduction to research methods covering major types of research designs, crucial issues in research ethics, searching and critically examining sources of scientific knowledge. The course further covers key approaches in research methods regarding sampling, data collection and analysis. Students are also trained in critical evaluation of research conducted by others as well as their own research.

Course content

The learning outcomes will be realized by twelve course components consisting of:

1 Introduction to OB research

2 Research questions and designs

3 Literature search

4 Cross-sectional designs

5 Experimental designs

6 Case study designs

7 Research Ethics

8 Data and Measurement 

9 Quantitative analysis

10 Interviewing

11 Qualitative analysis

12 Advanced topics and summary

During the semester there will be additional Thesis Seminars to guide the students towards writing a Thesis Registration form. These sessions are complimentary to the course. 


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