Course description

Research Methodology for Logistics, Operations, and Supply Chain Management


Students participating in this course will be guided towards the completion of a research proposal. The main aim of the course is to provide students with the knowledge and skills in order to successfully complete a master’s thesis.

The course covers the philosophical underpinnings of research in business with focus on logistics, operations and SCM. This includes the fundamentals of research design. The main section of the course covers both qualitative and quantitative research methods.

Course content

  • Introduction to the Research Process - philosphy of science, research proposals, research process, research ethics
  • Research Design - problems, questions, collection and design
  • Secondary Research and Analysis - literature searching, literature reviews, review articles, database management
  • Qualitative Research - assumptions, ideas, methodologies and methods
  • Quantitative Methods: surveys and modelling - assumptions, ideas, methodologies and methods
  • Database Development, Management and Use
  • Experimental Design

The course provides guidance on writing the thesis registration form and start of developing a thesis proposal.

Learning outcome knowledge

(i) To understand how to write a research proposal.
(ii) To gain knowledge of concepts and tools to collect and analyse data for research in logistics, operations and SCM.
(iii) To understand and appreciate the strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data sources.
(iv) To gain an understanding of information search strategies.

Exam organisation

  • Class participation: 35%
  • Written assignment: 10%
  • Written assignment: 55%