Current Research Issues in Management

Module description


This module is intended to develop a knowledge and critical awareness of the broad range of methods available in management research, both quantitative and qualitative, through sampling a wide range of examples of current research in management, using the pool of expertise at the School's disposal.

Additional Information:

External Engagement
This course has lectures from numerous guest speakers, including industry professionals and academics, who give talks on a range of topics, such as ethics, sustainability, consumption, research methods, management and marketing. We will draw from a number of top scholars and practitioners throughout the UK and Europe where students will be able to critically engage with current issues within the field.

Full module specification

Module title:Current Research Issues in Management
Module code:BEMM350
Module level:M
Academic year:2016/7
Module lecturers:
  • Dr Elena Simakova - Convenor
Module credit:30
ECTS value:






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


Duration (weeks) - term 2:


Module aims

The aims of this module is to give students insight and knowledge, from a wide range of examples, into the types of research questions that are currently being addressed, the range of methods available in management and their application, and the problems and challenges that arise in research
development.   Furthermore, it aims to develop students’ ability to engage with and respond effectively to presentations of research.  Students will gain detailed knowledge of management research methodologies through an independently produced essay.

ILO: Module-specific skills

  • 1. demonstrate an awareness of some of the issues currently being researched within management
  • 2. demonstrate the ability to understand and evaluate the methodologies employed within these research projects
  • 3. evaluate methodology within the context of management studies

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

  • 4. demonstrate the ability to critique research, evaluate arguments and assess research presentations

ILO: Personal and key skills

  • 5. demonstrate the ability to evaluate research, and communicate this analysis effectively
  • 6. demonstrate independent/self-directed learning skills, including time management and working to deadlines

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 hours18Workshop/seminars
2Introductory session to the module
3post seminar-day tutorial discussions
1Individual meeting with Programme Director to discuss the portfolio submission
1Individual meeting with Programme Director to discuss the essay

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Coursework Outline1500 words1-6Verbal Feedback

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
Portfolio of diary entries: approximately one page (A4, 12pt type, 1-in margins) per research seminar, consisting of a halfpage abstract of the content of each seminar, plus a critical methodological commentary. The final portfolio should also have an introduction (setting out how the student has engaged with the seminars, and how they are to be presented in the portfolio) and conclusion (drawing conclusions on the comparative analysis, and broader issues of learning).6045001-6Formative feedback is given on draft submissions (3 in total, after each tutorial). Summative
Essay on a methodological issue - to be negotiated with the student. The topic should not overlap with any of the assignments submitted for assessment in other modules, though it can be related to the dissertation topic.4030003, 5-6Essay titles will be discussed with students, and early feedback given on proposed ideas. Summative feedback is provided in writing.

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

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Portfolio of Diary Entries (60%)Resubmission of Portfolio of Diary Entries incorporating previous feedback (60%)1-6July
Essay on Methodological Issue (40)%Essay on Methodological Issue incorporating Previous Feedback (40%)3, 5-6July

Syllabus plan

Benefiting from the range of scholarship as above, students are asked to attend at least seven research seminars in Business School (or beyond according to individual research interests) in both terms, in order to compose a portfolio of diary entries: approximately one page per research seminar, consisting of a halfpage abstract of the content of each seminar, plus a critical methodological commentary. The portfolio can examine a wide set of research seminars topics that students consider as being potentially relevant to their dissertations. The seminar updates will be sent by email regularly, and generally can be found online:

The portfolio as well as the paper on methodological issues will be discussed with each student in meetings scheduled individually with the Programme Director in both terms, with three meetings to take place in Term 2.

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Basic reading:
There is no core text for this module, and the reading will vary according to the themes of the seminars.  The module will aim to cover a range of methodologies, but can also be organised with some flexibility and responsiveness to the needs of the cohort of students and their particular research interests (MRES dissertation and MPhil thesis topics). 

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Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

There will be no web presence for this module.

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