Thesis Seminar I – Research Methods

Course NameThesis Seminar I – Research Methods
Course CodeBUS698
DescriptionThe primary aim of this course is to introduce students to the quantitative as well as qualitative research methods used most frequently by scholars. Basic knowledge of these methodological approaches is absolutely critical to the comprehension of academic publications, the evaluation of empirical studies and the design of own academic or corporate research projects. Students will be guided through all phases of the research project – from creation of research questions to the interpretation of results.
Learning OutcomesAt the end of the semester, students will be able to:
– Explain fundamental research approaches pursued by scholars;
– Create a valid and appropriate research question;
– Collect relevant theoretical and empirical knowledge, critically evaluate it and use it for problem in hand, for example for construction of hypotheses and research design;
– Identify the methodological approach that is most suitable to investigate a given research question;
– Define, identify, collect, organize and present data or evidence necessary for addressing the research question;
– Choose an appropriate empirical test and perform it. This includes employment of most important statistical indicators as correlation and regression as well non-statistical methods;
– Interpret the results technically and confront them with relevant theoretical and empirical knowledge and answer the research question accordingly. If applicable, perform sensitivity tests and interpret results with respect to them.
SchoolSchool of Business Administration (SBA)
Number of credits (US / ECTS)3 US / 6 ECTS