Business and Management Research Skills

Module description

This module exposes students to the field of business and management research, the academy and publishing. This includes the philosophical underpinnings and debates in management research and how they inform and shape research as well as the practice of negotiating access, writing, presenting research, publishing, and seeking funding. Ethics and reflexivity in scholarship underpins the module.

Additional Information:

Draws on international research, and international publishing practice and communities. May have international guest scholars contributing to class discussion.

Focuses on skills for becoming a researcher, and joining the academy.

External Engagement
May have external speakers, such as practitioners and policy makers, to discuss research impact and communication.

Ethics and Corporate Responsibility
Ethics in research is a topic and underpins the module.

Research in Teaching
Research is the core focus, and embedded throughout the module. My own, and the research and experiences of guest lecturers, is discussed.

Full module specification

Module title:Business and Management Research Skills
Module code:BEMM158
Module level:M
Academic year:2020/1
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Alison Legood - Convenor
Module credit:15
ECTS value:






Duration of module: Duration (weeks) - term 1:


Module aims

To provide training in the essential skills of conducting and reporting research in business and management. The module also seeks to develop researchers as ethical and reflexive scholars.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. critically understand the assumptions underlying business and management research and how
  • 2. develop and improve skills in conducting and communicating research in business and
  • 3. be aware of current debates and issues in business and management research

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. develop and improve skills in developing research questions, proposal writing, literature review
  • 5. understand a range of concepts and perspectives in business research methods and be able to
  • 6. appreciate how different epistemological perspectives imply different methodological approaches
  • 7. be aware of the advantages and limitations associated with particular methodological approaches
  • 8. appreciate ethical and legal issues in business and management research
  • 9. be aware of the socio-political context within which business and management research takes

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 10. acquire skills in critical analysis and reflection and open minded enquiry
  • 11. develop time-management, communication and presentation skills
  • 12. develop skills in independent study and group work

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Contact hours24Lectures/discussions

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Dialogue with module leader and Throughout the module1-12Verbal

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Individual Essay502,000 words1-12Written comments based on assessment criteria
Individual Essay502,000 words1-12Written comments based on assessment criteria

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Two essaysEssay (100%)1-12July/August

Re-assessment notes

Students will ordinarily be required to resubmit the same assignment that they have failed.

Syllabus plan

This module provides a guide to understanding the tacit and explicit processes whereby new researchers are socialised into the field of business and management research. The first half of the semester explores the philosophical debates and underlying business and management research and considers how they relate to our understanding of knowledge. These issues are located within the context of important debates about the purpose and politics of business and management research. The second half of the semester adopts a more specific focus on the key research skills that are involved in business and management research such as: developing research questions, managing research relationships, writing funding proposals, research ethics, gaining research access, presenting your work and getting published.

• The Purpose of Management Research
• Positivist Theory Building
• Interpretivism and Mid-Range Theory Building
• Quantitative and Qualitative Research
• Critical vs Managerial research
• Reviewing the Literature and Developing Research Questions
* Research Design
• Negotiating Research Access
• Ethical Issues in Management Research
• Reflexivity and Research Relationships
• Presenting Research to Academic Audiences; achieving impact.
• Writing and Getting Published
• Applying for Research Funding

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

There is no single text that covers all of the content in the module. Students are advised to read selectively from the following general texts and from the detailed list of week-by-week readings will be provided during the module. Additional readings will be recommended during lecture/discussions as appropriate.

General texts

Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2007) Business Research Methods, 2nd edition, Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Johnson, P. & Duberley, J. (2000) Understanding Management Research: An Introduction to Epistemology, London: Sage.

White, B. (2003) Dissertation Skills for Business and Management Students, London: Continuum.

Easterby-Smith, M., Thorpe, R. and Jackson, P.R. (2008) Management Research. 3rd edition, London: Sage.

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

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