MNGT501-16T (HAM) - Research Methods in Management Studies (2016)
This paper aims to introduce students to the assumptions underlying the different methodologies and methods for performing research in the social sciences.The focus is on interpretive, positivist, critical, and mixed methods. The paper attempts to give students the conceptual and methodological resources needed to think and converse as researchers in organisations and to develop a certain level of competence in at least one research methodology/method. This is accomplished through the generation of a research proposal in a field of interest to the student and critiques of methodological approaches found in the academic literature.
This paper offers an introduction to research methods and methodology for postgraduate students toward enabling participants to form the knowledge and develop the skills needed to carry out independent research. A desired outcome is that students completing the paper would be able to design and defend a research study plan and be able to write up a comprehensive and cohesive research proposal. This is a broad introduction in order to accommodate management backgrounds generally. An aim of the paper is also to ensure that the student may emerge prepared for other and more advanced discipline, methodology or paradigm specific research method papers.