SBS Philosophies Of Business And Management Research
This module is designed to enhance participants’ critical understanding of the debates which implicitly and explicitly underpin any management or organisational research and practitioner activity. It should enable the participant to reflect upon how their own and alternative modes of engagement influence their understandings of events and processes in organisations.
Dates: Four Weekends Semester 1
SBS Research Design And Execution For Business And Management
The module will build on the theoretical foundations developed through the philosophy of the social sciences module and attempt to demonstrate and evaluate the influence of epistemological and ontological considerations (positivism, interpretivism, idealism; objectivism, realism and constructionism) with respect to their relationship to management and organisational research. The module aims to help develop the student’s methodological awareness of research design and to continue the theme of promoting a more reflective approach to management research, whilst presenting the craft skills necessary for undertaking research.
Dates: Four Weekends Semester 2
SBS Survey Methods 1&2
The aim of the Survey Research 1 module is to enable students to recognise and explain good practice in the design of surveys and the preparation of survey data for statistical analysis, developing a critical awareness of epistemological and methodological underpinnings of ‘the survey method’ and the relationships between theory and data in deductive research. Students initiate a research project through either the use of a large existing dataset or developing their own primary data collection. Their report on this project includes a methodological critique, and initial exploration of the dataset including planning and piloting of analysis. All students are expected to take this module.
SM2 builds on the initial work done in SM1. It enables students to apply appropriate descriptive and inferential statistical techniques to survey data using statistical software in order to explore a research problem. Specifically, this module gives a strong grounding in widely-used techniques including bivariate statistical hypotheses tests, multivariate hypothesis elaboration, statistical control. The learning will consist of a balance between acquiring the academic understanding of statistical techniques and applying such knowledge in practice, through the use of a statistical software package, enabling students to carefully interpret the results of statistical analyses, and to relate their findings to relevant theory/literature in their academic disciplines. Students produce a report on their research, in which statistical analyses are summarised and synthesised within the relevant theoretical, methodological and empirical literatures.
SBS Qualitative Research 1&2
Qualitative research involves the development of methodological skills within theorised reflective and reflexive approaches to the social world. The QR1 module commences development of such engagement with theory and method, developing students’ methodological accomplishment and also an initial ability to reflect upon the analysis of qualitative data and relate all stages of research to the philosophies underlying different types of qualitative research. Indicative content includes theoretical and epistemological bases for qualitative research and use of ethnographic interviews; realist and constructionist approaches to qualitative research; different types of interview and interview records; conducting and recording in-depth interviews; data organisation; theorised analytic procedures; ethical considerations and reflexive practice. All students are expected to take this module.
QR2 develops students’ methodological skills through a broader context, including developments in participant-observation, case study techniques, life histories and work histories, drawing where required on other forms of qualitative research (such as documentary and media research and textual analysis or performance analysis). The theoretical framework includes naturalistic methodology, analytic induction, theories of representation and social construction. Students apply methodological skills and to engage with different modes of data collection and analysis to demonstrate the broad coverage of qualitative research methodology expected of a researcher. Students are required to develop their understanding of qualitative research in specific areas of interest, e.g. criminology, education, health, cultural studies, town planning, sociology or policy studies. By the end of the module students are expected to show a sound understanding of substantive issues within their selected field, relevant methodologies and epistemologies, and to be able to apply a range of research methods to their particular inquiry, through design and completion of a project from initial design phase to production of a report, and to demonstrate critical and reflexive engagement with debates on the ethics and practice of qualitative research.