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2017/2018  KAN-CCMVV2061U  Research Methods in Operations Management

English Title
Research Methods in Operations Management

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Elective
Level Full Degree Master
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Autumn
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for MSc in Economics and Business Administration
Course coordinator
  • Christer Karlsson - Department of Operations Management (OM)
Please find contact information for Student Hub, student Guidiance Services etc. on My.cbs.dk
Main academic disciplines
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Last updated on 24-02-2017

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Learning objectives
To achieve the grade 12, students should meet the following learning objectives with no or only minor mistakes or errors:
  • Gain knowledge and skills to prepare and design MSc projects
  • Locate topics within the operations management field
  • Develop research designs, including an empirical study, which forms the basis for the master's thesis
  • Be able to combine and discuss theories
  • Be able to apply the theories in the analysis of theoretical and practical research issues
  • Be able to reflect on the methodological and epistemiological differences
  • Be able to critically reflect on own and others' analyses within the subject
  • Plan research by surveys, longitudinal field studies, case studies, and clinical research
  • Design data gathering instruments such as questionnaires and interview guides
  • Chose different methods for assessing validity of results
Research Methods in Operations Management:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Oral exam
Individual or group exam Individual exam
Duration 20 min. per student, including examiners' discussion of grade, and informing plus explaining the grade
Preparation time No preparation
Grading scale 7-step scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and second internal examiner
Exam period Winter
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content and structure

This preparatory course aims at motivating a first reflection; it will prepare MSc students for the design and execution of a master's thesis project within the various areas of Operations Management disciplines, where the objectives are close connection to practice and contribution to knowledge.

Specifically, several stages of the research process will be discussed, such as defining research questions, how to make use of acquired knowledge from theory and methodology, and analysis and synthesis.The main purpose of this course is to create awareness for MSc students of when to use different methodologies and identify and discuss different strengths and weaknesses of each methodology. The course will enhance and provide students with insights into the characteristics of different research methodologies such as case studies, surveys, longitudinal, action and clinical research.


Teaching methods
Teaching varies between lecturing/guest lecturing, individual and group exercise and student presentations. Students should expect a high degree of participation.
Feedback during the teaching period
A feedback activity defined by the course instructor will take place approx. half-way through the course.
Student workload
Course participation 36 hours
Course preparation 130 hours
Exam preperation 40 hours
Expected literature


Karlsson, C. (2016). Research methods for Operations Management,Routledge. 

Second edition.



Mandatory and optional readings uploaded on Learn


Last updated on 24-02-2017