MGT 902 Advanced Research Methodology

The objective of this course is to deepen the understanding of the students, of the traditional scientific research methods. Topics to be discussed include Research in Social, Physical and natural sciences; problems of research in developing countries; common errors in research; types of research; and research in practice: selecting a topic, problem and hypotheses formulation, research design, instruments and data collection data analysis and interpretation, research report, etc.

The objective is for students to gain confidence in the applicability and relevance of non-quantitative methods in our research environment, where the tradition of believing in "objective measurement" is strong. Qualitative research methods open up for us a class of research questions that is not accessible within the "normal" scientific method. That is, as researchers, we can ask new questions if we have a richer repertoire of tools, both the qualitative and the quantitative from which to choose.

Topics to be discussed include the basics of qualitative research methods and research approaches. Some qualitative research approaches, such as phenomenography, activity theory and ethnography, data collection methods such as interviews, field studies and rapid rural appraisal, and observations. Evaluating collected data.