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2012/2013  KAN-IBS_IB45  Applied Business Research

English Title
Applied Business Research

Course information

Language English
Exam ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Course period Autumn
Time Table Please see course schedule at e-Campus
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Bersant Hobdari - Department of International Economics and Management
Main Category of the Course
  • Economics, macro economics and managerial economics
Last updated on 09-07-2012
Learning objectives
The aim of this course is to gain a profound understanding of the research methods applied in international business research and practice. In this course students will be provided with powerful skills and research tools necessary to critically evaluate research papers and to undertake both qualitative and quantitative research projects of their own. Accordingly, this course provides the students with capabilities that will help them:
1) Get a greater learning output from the course materials used at the International Business concentration. 2) Design and execute research projects related to the courses offered at the master level and the master thesis. 3) Get familiar with statistical analysis and the use of Microsoft Excel to solve statistical problems.
Applied Business Research:
Type of test Written Exam
Marking scale 7-step scale
Second examiner Second internal examiner
Exam period Autumn Term and December/January
Aids Closed Book
Duration 4 Hours
4-hour written exam will be assessed by teachers and internal examiner. In the exam students must demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of research methods and statistical analysis.
Course content

The course will cover International Business research methods including how to develop relevant International Business research questions, theory and proposition developing works, qualitative research methods and quantitative research methods. The course will also introduce the students to statistical analysis using Microsoft Excel.

Teaching methods
The course relies heavily on in-class analysis and discussion on the structure and methods of different types of research outputs. Consequently, active class participation is crucial.
Expected literature

Eisenhardt, K. M. (1989). Building theory from case study research, Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 532-550.
Langley, A. (1999). Strategies for theorizing from process data, Academy of Management Review, 24(4), 691-710.
Tung, R. L., & Witteloostuijn, V. A. (2008). From the editors: What makes a study sufficiently international? Journal of International Business Studies, 39, 180-183.
VanderWerf, P. A., & Mahon, J. F. (1997). Meta analysis of the impact of research methods on findings of first-mover advantage, Management Science, 43(11), 1510-1519.
Whetten, D. A. (1989). What constitutes a theoretical contribution? Academy of Management Review, 14(4), 490-495.
Welsh, C., Piekkari, R. M., Penttinen, H., & Tahvanainen, M. (2002). Corporate elite as informants in qualitative international business research, International Business Review, 11, 611-628.
Yang, Z., Wang, X., & Su, C. (2006). A review of research methodologies in international business, International Business Review, 15, 601-617.

Last updated on 09-07-2012