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Module Title LM Research Methods in International Business
SchoolBirmingham Business School
Department Birmingham Business School
Module Code 07 22415
Module Lead Julie Hartley
Level Masters Level
Credits 10
Semester Semester 2
Restrictions MSc International Business
Description This module is designed to introduce postgraduate students of international business (IB) to principal research methods applied to IB. It begins by discussing the evolution of IB as a field and, the emerging questions for research. This discussion provides a basis for the choice of the dissertation topic and also leads to a better understanding of IB foundations as a field of research. The module aims to develop students’ research skills so as to endow them with competencies to design a feasible and consistent research proposal. These will be achieved by developing students’ skills to choose a compatible and feasible research methodology. In addition, this module introduces the fundamentals of quantitative and qualitative researches. The emphasis will be on encouraging and enabling students to develop their analytical and technical research skills, so that they are better able to undertake dissertation projects.
Learning Outcomes By the end of the module the student should be able to:
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the importance of evidence-based research;
  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of the applicability of different methodologies within International Business research;
  • Demonstrate research skills on data collection methods, including designing a survey questionnaire and an interview guide;
Make an informed choice of data collection methods for a given research area or research question in international business;
  • Carry out advanced basic quantitative and qualitative data analysis;
  • Demonstrate writing skills for proposal development and writing up a dissertation.
  • Assessment 22415-01 : 2500 word individual assignment : Coursework (75%)
    22415-03 : Group presentation : Presentation (25%)
    Assessment Methods & Exceptions Assessment: 1500 word individual assignment (75%); 20 minute group presentation and 1000 word group assignment (typical group size of 6) (25%)
    Reassessment: Individual assignment, 2000 words (100%)
    Other Duplicate of Dubai-based module 07 30485
    Reading List Bryman, A. 1988. Quantity and Quality in Social Research. Routledge;
    Turabian, K L. 1996. A Manual for Writers of Term Papers, Theses and Dissertations. Chicago: University of Chicago Press;
    John, G & Johnson, P. 2002. Research Methods for Managers. 3rd ed. London: Sage;
    Barzun, J & Graff, H F. 1985. The Modern Researcher. 4th ed. NY: Harcourt Brace Jovanovichl;
    Collis, J & Hussey, R. 2003. Business Research: a Practical Guide for Undergraduate and Postgraduate Students. Basingstoke: Macmillan;
    Ragin, C. 1987. The Comparative Method: Moving Beyond Qualitative and Quantitative Strategies. Berkeley: University of California Press;
    Easterby Smith M, Thorpe R & Lowe A. 1992. Management Research: an Introduction;
    Yin, R K. 2003. Case Study Research, Design and Methods. 3rd ed. London: Sage;
    Blaxter L, Hughes C & Tight M. 2001. How to Research. 2nd ed. OUP;
    Bryman, A & Bell, E. 2003. Business Research Methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press;
    Saunders, M P & Thornhill, L A. 2003. Research Methods for Business Studies. 3rd ed. FT-Prentice Hall;