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TITLE Applied Research Tools for Business

LEVEL 03 - Years 2, 3, 4 in Modular Undergraduate Course



DESCRIPTION Organizations are complex entities set up to create contexts to engage human behaviour in achieving specific targets. The complex interactions that take place in organizations spell the need for understanding their behaviours and adopting a scientific approach to predict their behaviour and also provide evidence-based solutions. Organization scientists are expected to provide data-driven solutions to ensure that organizations keep striving and functioning effectively.

This study-unit first provides a brief review of the different perspectives of looking at organizations and then proceeds to provide a comprehensive list of methodological tools designed to study and evaluate phenomena in organizations to provide knowledge-driven solutions. Very often the methodologies adopted are linked to one’s conceptualization of organizational reality and this link will be emphasised. An overview of some common qualitative and quantitative approaches as well as their underlying principles will be provided to enhance the student’s familiarization with such concepts. In addition, the unit shall provide an understanding of the typical research report and how and why it adds value to the decision-making process in organizations and how research reports reflect one’s conceptualization of organizational reality.

Study-unit Aims:

There are three aims for this study-unit:
- To bridge the gap between theory and practice;
- To familiarise oneself with some of the most common and popular research methods and designs used in organization science;
- To grasp the relevance and effectiveness of quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches in understanding organizations.

Learning Outcomes:

1. Knowledge & Understanding:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Provide a basic understanding of the various principles underlying several organization theoretical perspectives;
- Discuss several organization research methodologies and list their advantages and disadvantages as well as their use;
- Understand the link between the different organization theory perspectives and the various relevant methodologies used to research about organizational life;
- Develop a basic understanding of the sections making up a research report.

2. Skills:

By the end of the study-unit the student will be able to:
- Identify organization perspectives and link to various methodological approaches;
- Describe several methodological approaches and state their pros and cons.

Main Text/s and any supplementary readings:

Main Text/s:

- Saunders, M., Lewis, P & Thornhill, A. (2012) Research Methods for Business Students (6th edition), Harlow: Pearson.

Supplementary readings:

- Hair, J.F., Money, A.H., Samouel, P. & Page, M. (2007) Research methods for business, Chichester: Wiley.
- Quilan, C. (2011) Business Research Methods, Hampshire: Cengage Learning.
- Rosenthal, R., & Rosnow, R. L. (2007). Beginning behavioral research: A Conceptual Primer (7th edition). Boston, MA: Pearson.
- Zikmund W.G., Babin, B.J., Carr, J.C. & Griffin, M. (2013) Business Research Methods. South-Western/Cengage Learning (International Edition).


Assessment Component/s Resit Availability Weighting
Multiple Choice Questions Examination Yes 100%

LECTURER/S Vincent Cassar

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