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Master 2019/2020

Research Seminar "Research Tools in Strategic Management"

Area of studies: Management
Delivered by: Department of General and Strategic Management
When: 1 year, 1, 2 module
Mode of studies: offline
Master’s programme: Business Strategies: Management and Consulting
Language: English
ECTS credits: 4

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This course is a basic one in the structure of the specialization of “Management” within the Master’s program “Business Strategies: Management and Consulting“. It is a mandatory course in the professional cycle of courses pool within the specialization of “Management” within the Master’s program “Business Strategies: Management and Consulting“. The teaching is conducted in the first year whilst students study the courses of a basic part in the program professional cycle. Teaching of the “Research Instruments in Strategic Management” is based on the amount of knowledge obtained by the students in the subjects such as Economic Theory, Philosophy, General Management, Statistics, Econometrics and other disciplines relevant to the subject area at the Bachelor level. The course “Research Instruments in Strategic Management” provides the foundation for the independent work of graduate students in the field of education and research within the chosen research area for writing and defending the master’s thesis, and also for their further career in academic or practical field after graduation.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The course aims to provide students with the outstanding knowledge and skills necessary for the research project planning, execution and further evaluation of research results in the field of strategic management. It aims to develop knowledge and competencies in two main areas: the specific research and analytical work in strategic management, as well as the development of practical research skills to conduct research projects that will help to prepare a master thesis. The course focuses on planning and designing research projects, data collection, proposing and testing hypotheses, reporting; the use of econometrics and other quantitative measurements in the research topics related to strategic management. The objective of learning the “Research Instruments in Strategic Management” is the acquisition of skills to develop and execute qualitative and quantitative research projects in strategic management.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • Be able to design a research project and select appropriate research methods
  • Be able to identify proper research problems in the context of modern trends in strategic management
  • Be able to collect primary and/or secondary data
  • Be able to analyze data using statistical methods and tools
  • Be able to draw correct conclusions
  • Be able to write research proposals
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Management research methods fundamentals
    The nature, value and role of research in strategic management. Research philosophy. Research approach. Research strategy. Research design. Research instruments. Types of research. Research process. Identification of necessary resources and timelines. Characteristics of correctly and properly conducted research. Scientific method in research. Rules and algorithm of identifying problems for research. The concept of the construct and theoretical research. Concept of hypothesis and its implications for research process. Sources of formulating hypotheses. Types of hypotheses.
  • Introduction to qualitative research methods
    Units of measurement. Types of scales and factors determining their choice. Field research. The concept of sample and population. Types of sampling. Sample determining algorithm. Factors that determine validity of a sample. Types of data. Information sources. Data collection. Data collection tools. Data coding Introduction to Google Forms. Designing a questionnaire. Pilot study. Interviews. Case study.
  • Introduction to quantitative research methods
    Methods of data processing. Differences in the analysis of secondary and primary data. The rationale for selecting the method of data analysis. The confidence intervals. Data analysis tools. Variables types. Hypothesis testing. Regression analysis. Multiple linear regression. Correlation and causality. Autocorrelation. Heteroscedasticity. Multicollinearity. Endogeneity. Structural equation modeling. Moderation. Mediation. Introduction to Stata.
  • Introduction to SPSS
    General linear models. Main effects. Interaction effects. R-squared. Univariate ANOVA.
  • Introduction to Python
    Data mining. Parsing. Scraping. General linear models. Main effects. Interaction effects. R-squared. Univariate ANOVA.
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Case study presentation during the Research Seminar in Voronovo
  • non-blocking Research Proposal
  • non-blocking Online test
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (2 module)
    0.2 * Case study presentation during the Research Seminar in Voronovo + 0.4 * Online test + 0.4 * Research Proposal
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • Cinici, M. C., Dagnino, G. B., & Cinici, M. C. (2016). Research Methods for Strategic Management. London: Routledge. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1089808

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Information Resources Management Association. (2015). Research Methods : Concepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications. Hershey, PA: Information Science Reference. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=907731
  • Ng, W., & Coakes, E. (2013). Business Research : Enjoy Creating, Developing and Writing Your Business Project. London: Kogan Page. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=653155
  • Saunders, M., & Lewis, P. (2012). Doing Research in Business and Management : An Essential Guide to Planning Your Project. Harlow: Financial Times/ Prentice Hall. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=1418659