MG302      Half Unit
Topics in Management Research

This information is for the 2017/18 session.

Teacher responsible

Prof Diane Reyniers NAB 5.22


This course is available on the BSc in Accounting and Finance, BSc in Business Mathematics and Statistics and BSc in Management. This course is available as an outside option to students on other programmes where regulations permit and to General Course students.


MG207 or equivalent and MG205 or equivalent. 

Course content

This course addresses various topics in management research which will be used to encourage creative and logical thinking, structuring of clear arguments and critical assessment of evidence. The focus is on interpretation of findings rather than statistical or econometric techniques.

The intellectual backbone of the course is applied and empirical economics (including behavioural economics) and finance but wherever appropriate contributions from the psychology, sociology and management literature will be discussed. We will mainly deal with issues which are amenable to rigorous empirical investigation. The course is designed around a set of empirical research papers. Examples of questions considered are whether pain killers are more effective when they are expensive, whether creative people cheat more, whether steeper incentives lead to better performance.

The main objective of the course is to enable students to comprehend and critically assess the literature on selected management topics, to evaluate statements in terms of evidence and to detect false reasoning or logic.

Topics vary each year (based on student feedback) but examples are Racial discrimination, Negotiation, Experiments on Incentives, Placebo effects of price, Leadership.


10 hours of lectures and 10 hours of classes in the MT. 2 hours of classes in the LT.

Students on this course will have a reading week in Week 6, in line with departmental policy.

Formative coursework

Two take-home mock exam papers.

Indicative reading

A reading list will be available on Moodle.


Exam (100%, duration: 2 hours) in the main exam period.

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Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2016/17: 15

Average class size 2016/17: 16

Capped 2016/17: No

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

PDAM skills

  • Problem solving
  • Communication