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Business Administration Ma, Qualitative methods, 7,5 Credits

General data

Code: FÖ022A
Subject/Main field: Företagsekonomi
Cycle: Second cycle
Credits: 7.5
Progressive specialization: A1N - Second cycle, has only first-cycle course/s as entry requirements
Answerable department: Department of Business, Economics and Law
Answerable faculty: Faculty of Human Sciences
Established: 9/21/2009
Date of change: 6/3/2013
Version valid from: 8/30/2013


The purpose of the course is to provide the student with knowledge about qualitative methods that they are able to apply in future studies and research endeavours. Furthermore, the purpose is that the student shall acquire the habit of critically scrutinising his or her own research as well as research conducted by other researchers.

Course objectives

After passing the course, the student shall be able to:
- present the premises behind qualitative methods in relation to quantitative methods.
- identify an discuss the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative methods
- develop a qualitative research design for a selected research problem.


The course is focusing on the qualitative research process, with an emphasis on the relationship between research problems and methodological choices. Different data gathering and analysis topics are described and discussed with an emphasis on their relevance for Business Administrative oriented research questions. The problem of the trustworthiness of qualitative research is addressed, and a critical comparison is made of how the qualitative method has been applied in different studies.

Entry requirements

Degree of Bachelor (180 Credits) with 90 Credits in Business Administration or corresponding education.

Selection rules and procedures

The selectionprocess is in accordance with the Higher Education Ordinance and the local order of admission.

Teaching form

The training is conducted as lectures, seminars and tutoring. The language used in the training is English. Some parts of the training can be compulsory.

Examination form

The examination is made through written test and/or course papers.

Link to subject-specific criteria for marks

Grading system

The grades A, B, C, D, E, Fx and F are given on the course. On this scale the grades A through E represent pass levels, whereas Fx and F represent fail levels.

Course reading

Required literature

Bryman, A. & Bell, E., Business Research Methods, Oxford University Press, 2007, or latest edition

Comment: (Edition in Swedish: Bryman, A. & Bell, E., Företagsekonomiska forskningsmetoder. Liber, 2003, eller senaste upplagan. ISBN 9147075104)

Strauss, A.L. & Corbin, J., Basics of Qualitative Research: Techniques and Procedures for Developing Grounded Theory, Sage Publications, 1998, or latest edition

Yin, R.K., Case Study Research: Design and Methods, Sage Publications, 2008, or latest edition

Comment: (Edition in Swedish: Yin, R.K. Fallstudier: design och genomförande. Liber, 2007, eller senaste upplagan)

Reference literature

Denzin, N.K & Lincoln, Y.S. (eds.), The Sage Handbook for Qualitative Research, Sage Publications, 2006, or latest edition

Miles, M.B. & Huberman, A.M., Qualitative Data Analysis. An Expanded Sourcebook, Sage Publications, 1994, or latest edition

Silverman, D., Interpreting Qualitative Data. Methods for Analysing Talk, Text and Interaction, Sage Publications, 2006, or latest edition

Artiklar enligt senare anvisningar utifrån såväl kursens huvud- som temaområden./Selected papers (to be downloaded from the data bases of the University liberary)