Management Research Methods

The module will provide an understanding of

  • how, creatively, to identify research and development questions and prioritise these in relation to contemporary managerial and business need as reflected in current student perceived situations, expert opinion and peer reviewed sources.
  • how, creatively, to design and carry out elements of research and development projects, thereby acquiring skills needed for the realistic production of an appropriate dissertation and for subsequent postgraduate life roles.
  • library research (including literature review) and the craft of writing short reports, essays, long reports and dissertations.
  • tensions between perspectives on types of research (quantitative, qualitative and action), purposes for generating knowledge (enhanced control / incrementalism versus radical change) and the ethics of research.
  • the principles and practice of quantitative and qualitative research (including interpretation of data) and action research with an overview of the whole process from idea to required output.

Students will be able to

  • identify the disciplines, key assumptions and validity claims of published research generally.
  • generate, clarify and prioritise practical research questions and refine these into tractable scope and form and engage in constructive and creative discussions.
  • use creativity tools and design practical projects addressing specific questions and problems making use of appropriate methods, instruments and techniques with appropriate levels of stakeholder participation and facilitation.

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding of:

  • the major paradigms, purposes and current themes of management research as reflected in recent peer review publication (in fields of specific student interest).
  • the nature of and relationships between research, problem solving, decision making, decision implementation and evaluation.
  • the ability to design a practical quantitative, qualitative or action research project.
  • the ability to use creativity methods in designing and carrying out research and development projects. 

Division: Management, Work & Organisation

Coordinator: Dr Mike Walsh



This module information is representative of what is included in the module in a given year. Details of actual reading, lectures and coursework may vary year to year and will be available at the beginning of the semester.

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