Course description

Research Methodology for Organisational Behaviour


The purpose of this course is twofold. 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, in their professional careers to design and carry out applied research projects for organizations.

The course is process-oriented and has an applied focus, where students are initially given a general introduction to research methodology covering issues in both quantitative and qualitative methodology, the philosophy of science, theories of knowledge and knowledge development, research ethics, and learn to search and critically examine sources for scientific knowledge. 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-

Learning outcome knowledge

  • Concepts and tools to collect and analyse data
  • Strengths and weaknesses of different methodologies and data sources
  • Knowledge about appropriate research designs (ways to conduct research) to answer different types of questions

Exam organisation

  • Written assignment: 10%
  • Written exam: 90%