Research in Organisational Behaviour
This course lays the foundations of students’ in-depth understanding of Organisational Behaviour as a field. Topics range from the “micro” level (individuals, teams) to the “macro” level (social networks, organisations, and general topics in Organisational Theory). The course will review established topics in the field and will introduce students to the evaluation of established research Organisational Behaviour, progressing through units of analysis from psychology research to organisational theory.
Each week, students will participate in one three-hour combined lecture/seminar which will discuss established research. The small class size will encourage considerable interaction between the instructors and students. In-class discussions will offer students the opportunity to review the strengths and weaknesses of the theories/models/research approaches as well as thinking about what research questions may be asked in regard to the core topics in Organisational Behaviour. Therefore, students will be taught to recognise not only what is missing in a study but also what it contributes to the field, and how each study’s strengths and weaknesses can form a foundation upon which to build novel research.
Social Psychology of Economic Life: Advanced Topics (or equivalent with permission)
The course takes the position that social psychology is the key to understanding real-world economic life by taking in account cognitive, affective and social processes.
The Sociology of Markets (or equivalent with permission)
This course offers an introduction to the sociology of markets. By the end of the course, students will be versed in the sociological and larger debates about markets, and they will be equipped to contribute to this debate with small, innovative case studies.
During the first year you will also take a number of courses in Methodology
Fundamentals of Social Science Research Design
Drawing on a variety of examples from the social scientific literature, this course will explore design considerations and options across quantitative and qualitative research, including issues of data quality, analysis, reporting and reproducibility. At the end of the course, students will be able to read a wide variety of empirical social science with a critical and balanced perspective and will be better equipped to implement and make arguments defending the methods they use in their PhD theses.
Qualitative Research Methods
This course presents the fundamentals of qualitative research methods. It prepares students to design, carry out, report, read and evaluate qualitative research projects. The course has the dual aims of equipping students with conceptual understandings of current academic debates regarding qualitative methods, and with practical skills to put those methods into practice.
Applied Regression Analysis (or equivalent with permission)
The course is concerned with deepening the understanding of the generalized linear model and its application to social science data. The main topics covered are linear regression modelling and binary, multinomial and ordinal logistic regression. Class exercises and homework will be carried out using the Stata or SPSS package, according to the students choice.
Multivariate Analysis and Measurement or (or equivalent with permission)
An introduction to the application of modern multivariate methods used in the social sciences, with particular focus on latent variable models for continuous observed variables, and their application to questions of measurement in the social sciences.
The main focus of year two is the Research Paper in Management course where students will be required to produce a research paper, between 7,000 and 15,000 words, related to the student's designated major field, to be submitted at the end of Lent Term.
Students must also choose two half unit electives from the list of field options below:
- Social Organisation
- Employment Relations and Organisational Behaviour Seminar
- Marketing Seminar: Consumer Behaviour
- Accounting, Organisations and Society
- Development History, Theory and Policy for Research Students
- Political Economy
- The Economic History of Firms & Industries Seminar
- Researching People, Politics and Organisations
You can find the most up-to-date list of courses in the Programme Regulations section of the current School Calendar.
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