MNMGT581-23A (HAM)

Research Methods in Management Studies

30 Points

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Paper Description

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 reading of a wide range of academic literature, debate with colleagues, and the completion of a set of assessment designed to grow research understanding and skills. 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 both research philosophies and methods utilised in management studies;

2.To educate students in the theory-centred 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 develop skills in the choice and application of a specific research methods to a specific research project; and

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

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How this paper will be taught

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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 Panopto.

The emphasis during the workshops is on discussion and sharing of ideas and experiences. 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 but during the first part of the semester only one hour will be spent in formal learning activities on the Monday.

PLEASE NOTE:

The workshops will be held inn the lecture slots identified below.

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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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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:

  • Identify and describe the important issues, foundational papers and recent advances in their field of research
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  • Critically read and evaluate published research identifying the comparative strengths and weaknesses of different research strategies to address a given research question.
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  • Explain the advantages and disadvantages of alternative research methodologies and methods to address specific research questions
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  • Explain and comply with academic research ethics standards
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  • Engage constructively with Vision Mätauranga
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  • Engage effectively in peer review of research papers and research programmes
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  • Write an academic research proposal that includes all steps from conceptualisation to publication
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  • Engage professionally in scholarly debate
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Assessments

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How you will be assessed

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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
13 Mar 2023
6:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Annotated bibliography
27 Mar 2023
6:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Research philosophy statement
10 Apr 2023
6:00 PM
10
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
4. Methods description
1 May 2023
6:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
5. Test
11 May 2023
5:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
6. Applied research proposal
19 May 2023
6:00 PM
15
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
7. Academic research proposal
16 Jun 2023
6:00 PM
25
  • 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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