Business Research Methods II - Qualitative

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Business Research Methods II - Qualitative

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Business, Research, Research Methodology

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Business Mathematics

  • Course Level Recommendations

    Upper

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    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

    6
  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
    3
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
    4
  • Overview

    COURSE OBJECTIVE
    ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH SKILLS – STUDENTS CAN CONDUCT A BASIC INTERNATIONAL RESEARCH PROJECT FROM START TO FINISH
    ACADEMIC SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • is able to put forward well-founded, substantiated points of view regarding choices in qualitative research design and analysis (Argumentation)

    RESEARCH SKILLS
    After successfully completing this course, the student
    • is able to critically reflect on (the quality of) academic research
    • is able to translate academic research into practically relevant outcomes
    • is able to translate practically relevant problems into academically relevant research questions
    • can apply all the qualitative research skills needed to complete a qualitative, international research process in full, including design, data collection and analysis methods

    BRIDGING THEORY AND PRACTICE
    KNOWLEDGE: Demonstrates theoretical and empirical knowledge concerning the relevant areas in international business administration
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • can explain the theoretical foundations of qualitative research

    APPLICATION: Can propose a solution to an international real-life business problem by applying relevant theories and methodologies.
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • Is able to provide practical solutions to a case by applying qualitative research methods (i.e., qualitative interviews and observations) to solve a specific business-relate problem

    SOCIAL SKILLS – STUDENTS ARE ABLE TO EFFECTIVELY MANAGE DIFFERENT PROFESSIONAL ROLES IN A CROSS-CULTURAL ENVIRONMENT
    After successfully completing this course, the student:
    • Able to demonstrate good listening and observation skills through interview and observation
    • is able to present qualitative research findings (both orally and in writing)
    • can work well in a team and reflect on his/her own role in the team
    • is sensitive to cross-cultural differences, understands how these translate into social contexts and is able to deal with those differences in social interactions

    COURSE CONTENT
    This course will teach you to skilfully and reflexively perform all the elements of the qualitative research process. You will learn using a "hands on" approach- that is, you gain an understanding of qualitative research design, data collection, data analysis, and reporting by doing it all yourself through a team research project. This is a skill set that you can take forward with you, not only in future courses in the University setting, but also in other avenues of your professional life. During this project you will also gain in depth knowledge of important aspects of international business that you can expect to encounter in your own future careers.

    TEACHING METHODS
    Lectures, Tutorials

    TYPE OF ASSESSMENT
    Written exam – Individual assessment
    Assignment – Group assessment
    Mandatory attendance tutorials

     

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