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2023/2024  BA-BIBAO2022U  Research Project - International Business in Asia

English Title
Research Project - International Business in Asia

Course information

Language English
Course ECTS 7.5 ECTS
Type Mandatory
Level Bachelor
Duration One Semester
Start time of the course Spring
Timetable Course schedule will be posted at calendar.cbs.dk
Study board
Study Board for BSc in Business, Asian Language and Culture
Course coordinator
  • Faith Hatani - Department of International Economics, Goverment and Business (EGB)
Main academic disciplines
  • Globalisation and international business
  • Methodology and philosophy of science
Teaching methods
  • Blended learning
Last updated on 28-11-2023

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Learning objectives
Each student in a group must demonstrate the ability to:
  • Formulate a relevant empirical research question about international business related to the Asian context.
  • Apply a relevant theoretical framework and provide a well-focused literature review on the chosen topic.
  • Use qualitative or quantitative methods in data collection and analysis in a systematic and consistent manner.
  • Provide academically sound justifications for the research approach and in-depth analysis of key issues.
  • Develop logical discussion and coherent arguments addressing the research question set.
  • Present a written product in a relevant academic style thoroughly, including the writing style, the referencing style, and the appropriate use of academic sources.
Course prerequisites
In this course, students should continue with the same groups that they formed in the 1st-year course "Research Methods I: Introduction to Qualitative Methods" ("RM-1") in the IBA Programme.
Research Project - International Business in Asia:
Exam ECTS 7,5
Examination form Home assignment - written product
Individual or group exam Group exam
Please note the rules in the Programme Regulations about identification of individual contributions.
Number of people in the group 2-4
Size of written product Please see text below
2 students: 30 pages
3 students: 35 pages
4 students: 40 pages
Assignment type Project
Release of assignment Subject chosen by students themselves, see guidelines if any
Duration Written product to be submitted on specified date and time.
Grading scale 7-point grading scale
Examiner(s) Internal examiner and external examiner
Exam period Summer
Make-up exam/re-exam
Same examination form as the ordinary exam
Course content, structure and pedagogical approach

The 2nd-year Research Project offers students the opportunity to carry out a research project in groups. Each group should develop the project drawing upon the research proposal (which was submitted in the RM-1 course) as the point of departure. 

To ensure the consistent and meaningful development of research activities, the groups formed in RM-1 should continue. Accordingly, each group should register the same members as a group in the Digital Exam (DE) system for the assessment of the 2nd-year Research Project.


The  2nd-year research project is an important learning process towards the bachelor's final-year thesis (which is likely to be an individual research project). It is therefore essential for each student to enhance academic knowledge of relevant literature, theories and methods, as well as improve practical skills in planning and coordination of research activities.


(*If students have difficulty working with the same group as formed in RM-1, please contact the Course Coordinator immediately. The issue needs to be solved before the allocation of supervisors in January/February.)


Description of the teaching methods
【December (of the preceding semester)】: Introductory lecture.
The lecture will provide general guidance including an overview of the project period, the requirements and a brief recap of the research design.

【Beginning of January】: Submission of the project outline.
Each group must submit the updated outline of the research project. More details and the exact deadline will be explained during the above-mentioned introductory lecture in December.

【End of January/beginning of February】: Allocation of supervisors.
Each group will be allocated a supervisor. Once a supervisor is allocated, each group should make contact with the supervisor to arrange the first meeting with her/him.

For the first supervisory meeting with the supervisor, it is advisable for you to provide the supervisor with;
(i) a summary of your group's point-by-point response to feedback/comments received from examiners on the original research proposal that your group submitted in RM-1 course, and
(ii) an updated full research proposal.

[If you are on the 3-year programme of IBA, you are required to undertake both RM-1 and the 2nd-year Research Project concurrently. If you do not receive the information about it by mid-December, please contact the administrator at disp-iba@cbs.dk ]
Feedback during the teaching period
Throughout the project period, each group will receive feedback and guidance from their supervisor.

Please note that you, as students/supervisees, are responsible for making appointments with the supervisor. Please also note that all supervisors have very busy schedules. Please discuss with your supervisor how, and how often, supervision will be provided.

If you have general questions about the course organisation, please contact the course coordinator.
Student workload
Introductory lecture 3 hours
Preparation for meetings with superviosor & reflection 30 hours
Research activities and writng-up 173 hours
Further Information

Supervisor hours per group:

  • 2 students - 8 hours
  • 3 students - 10 hours
  • 4 students - 12 hours


Supervisor hours are offered in relation to this course during the project period in the semester and cannot be transferred to the re-take period.


Exemptions of any kind regarding the project and/or exam must go through a formal procedure in which students must provide detailed reasoning in an exemption application for consideration by the Study Board. See my.cbs for more information, if needed. (In an exemption case for an individual exam, the size of a written product will be max. 20 pages and supervisor hours are up to 6 hours).



Last updated on 28-11-2023