Research Methods and Skills

Module 1: Introduction to Research Methodology

The first module focuses on “the basics” of research. It discusses research philosophy, deductive and inductive reasoning, research ethics, the role of literature in the empirical research cycle, literature search & review, presenting a main argument, conceptualizing research (i.e. transforming research question variables into a conceptual model), and the main qualitative and quantitative research strategies in business and management research. The lectures and associated assignments are not only intended to set the stage for the more specialized courses on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, but are also intended to help sharpen own research ideas in terms of the research question(s), theoretical framework and research strategy. The sessions of this first module are geared towards drafting the problem statement and outlining the theoretical framework of the individual Research Proposal.

Module 2: Qualitative Research Methods

This course will introduce participants to the characteristics of and approaches to designing and conducting qualitative research projects. Participants will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods and analytical techniques.

Module 3: Quantitative Data Collection

This module aims to provide a solid introduction to the survey as data collection strategy. The module discusses sampling strategies, instrument development, data collection, data processing, and the strengths and weaknesses of survey designs.

Module 4: Quantitative Data Analysis

The course provides an introduction to quantitative data analysis, starting by introducing basic statistical concepts and continuing with intermediate and advanced-level techniques of econometric analysis, such as multiple regression models and non-linear regression functions.

Module 5: Individual 10-page Research Proposal Development

This module focuses entirely on drafting a solid and feasible individual 10-page Research Proposal as the final product of the RMS training program. This proposal has to be presented and defended before a committee of RMS lecturers.