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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: 4/2/2015
Version valid from: 8/15/2015

Aim

The purpose of the course is to develope the skill of the students to formulate and study qualitative research problems in the business sector. This includes the ability to:
- present the premises behind qualitative methods
- understand and apply different methods of qualitative analyses
- identify and discuss the strengths and weaknesses of qualitative methods
- develop a qualitative research design for a selected research problem.

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.

Content

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 use of knowledge within 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. Attending the seminars is compulsory.

Examination form

The examination is made through written test and course papers.

Link to subject-specific criteria for marks www.miun.se/betygskriterier

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

Author: Seale, C., Gobo, G., Gubrium, J., Silverman, D
Title: Qualitative research practice
Edition: senaste / latest edition
Publisher: Sage publications

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

Author: Yin, R.K.
Title: Case Study Research: Design and Methods
Edition: 2008, or latest edition
Publisher: Sage Publications
Comment: (Edition in Swedish: Yin, R.K. Fallstudier: design och genomförande. Liber, 2007, eller senaste upplagan)

Reference literature

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

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

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

Vetenskapliga artiklar samt annat utdelat material tillkommer.

Scientific articles and other written texts will be addes.