MSc Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship / Course details
Year of entry: 2021
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Course unit details:
Research methods and skills
|Unit level||FHEQ level 7 – master's degree or fourth year of an integrated master's degree|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 2|
|Offered by||Alliance Manchester Business School|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
Topics covered address the following:
- Course unit requirements, expectations, about social science research methods, understanding your dissertation, research ethics
- Epistemological foundations of management research
- Using literature: searching, reading and reviewing techniques (building upon semester 1 BMAN 71751 Tools and Methods for Innovation)
- Research topics, research questions
- Theoretical and conceptual frameworks
- Research strategy and sampling
- Using secondary data, statistical questions and analysis of data sets (building upon semester 1 BMAN71751)
- Data analysis: qualitative data analysis, network analysis,
- Case study designs
- Qualitative data collection and interviews
- Research proposal structure
- Communicating with supervisors
- Proposal writing
The course aims to provide the foundations of practical research training and skills in management research. It will promote understanding of the main epistemological issues and debates relating to research in management. The unit focuses on acquainting students with a variety of research methodologies used in innovation and entrepreneurship studies and the basis for and epistemological implications of the choice of a particular quantitative and/or qualitative methods.. The course will feature guest lectures from method specialists and links to relevant video materials. More specifically, the unit aims to: (i) prepare MSc students to design their dissertation and to have the skills and tools needed for its execution; and (ii) teach students critically to assess research . The research skills will be transferable to work situations such as investigations of new technologies and markets, evaluation of evidence, policy analysis, collecting market evidence and presenting the results of research.
On successful completion of the unit, students will be able to design and implement a small-scale research project and will have demonstrated an understanding of the use of a range of research methods in the area of innovation research. Skills related to data collection, analysis and interpretation are also an outcome as well as ability to evaluate strengths and weaknesses of different methods. These skills will feed directly into students’ work on their dissertation projects. Beyond that project, the course aims to provide students with the skills and background to assess research proposals, and to assess the design of finished research presented to them in their potential future roles as managers or analysts. Upon successful completion of the course unit students will be able to give critical and constructive feedback on research (proposed and finished) that they will encounter in their professional activities.
Individual Coursework: Research Proposal – 2,800 words (100%)
Formative non-assessed coursework – individual – narrated powerpoint presentation (3 minutes).
Informal advice and discussion during a lecture, seminar, workshop or lab.
Responses to student emails and questions from a member of staff including feedback provided to a group via an online discussion forum.
Specific course-related feedback sessions - one at the last meeting
Written and/or verbal comments on non-assessed coursework -feedback on narrated ppt from lecturers and peer feedback
Written and/or verbal comments after students have given a group or individual presentation during workshops
Feedback on final assignment (research proposal).
Saunders, M. N. Research methods for business students. Pearson Education India. 6 edition (2012) or later.
Suggested additional readings (non-exhaustive):
Texts on critical thinking, heuristics and research strategy:
Abbott, A. (2003). Methods of discovery. Heuristics for the social sciences. London: W.W. Norton & Company.
Novella, S. You deceptive mind. A scientific guide to critical thinking skills. Chantilly: The Great Courses.
Stinchcombe, A. (1968). Constructing social theories. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.
Blaxter L., Hughes C., Tight M. (1996). How to Research, Open University Press, Buckingham, 1996
Robson, C. (1993). Real world research: A resource for social scientists and practitioner-researchers. Oxford: Blackwell.
Creswell, J. W. (2009) 3rd edition Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Method Approaches Thousand Oaks: Sage.
Easterby-Smith, Mark, Thorpe, Richard and Jackson, Paul R. (2008) 3rd edition Management Research Sage.
Burns, R.B. (2000) 4th edition Introduction to Research Methods Sage
Dixon B.R., Bouma G.D., Atkinson G.B.J. (1987). A Handbook of Social Science Research: a comprehensive and practical guide for students, Oxford University Press, NY.
Ackroyd, S. and Hughes, J. (1992) 2nd edition Data Collection in Context London and New York: Longman.
Gill, J., Johnson, P., (1997) Research Methods for Managers, Paul Chapman Publishing.
Hakim C. (1987). Research Design: Strategies and Choices in the Design of Social Research, Allen & Unwin, London.
Chapman, M. and C. Wykes (1996). Plain Figures, 2nd edn, Civil Service College, London: HMSO.
Dillman, Don A., Smyth, Jolene D. and Christian, Leah Melani 3rd edition (2009) Internet, Mail and Mixed-Mode Surveys - the tailored design method Hoboken, New Jersey.
Moser C.A., Kalton G. (1997). Survey Methods in Social Investigation, Dartmouth (2nd edition).
Moroney M.J. (1951; 1969). Facts from Figures, Penguin Books, Baltimore.
Kvale, S. (1996). InterViews: An Introduction to Qualitative Research Interviewing. London: SAGE Publications.
Silverman D. (ed) (1997). Qualitative Research: Theory, Method and Practice, SAGE Publications, London.
Mason, J. (1996) Qualitative Researching. London: Sage Publications.
Coffey, A., Atkinson, P., (1997) Making Sense of Qualitative Data, Sage.
Miles M.B. and Huberman A.M. (1994). Qualitative Data Analysis (Second edition), Sage Publications.
Scott J. (1991). Social Network Analysis: A Handbook, Sage Publications, London.
Scott, J. and Carrington, P. (2011). The SAGE handbook of social network analysis. London: Sage Publications.
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||22|
|Independent study hours|
|Katharine Barker||Unit coordinator|
|Maria Nedeva||Unit coordinator|
Whole class lectures start and end the unit: in between the material is delivered in small group workshops with lecturers, while the statistics sessions include teaching on computer clusters.
Informal Contact Method
Online Learning Activities (blogs, discussions, self assessment questions) - narrated ppt with feedback through blackboard
Drop in Surgeries (extra help sessions for students on material they may be struggling with) - at last session; during workshops
Invited individual emails throughout the course