Not available in 2020/21
MG449      Half Unit
Research Methods for Studies in Global Management

This information is for the 2020/21 session.

Teacher responsible

Dr Jonathan Liebenau NAB.4.20


This course is compulsory on the Global MSc in Management, Global MSc in Management (CEMS MiM) and Global MSc in Management (MBA Exchange). This course is not available as an outside option.

This is a core course for first year Global Masters in Management students only.



Course content

This course will deliver the core methodological training for students completing a dissertation or extended essay for the Global MSc in Management. It covers issues of research design and research methods for management studies, including sessions on the collection and analysis of both qualitative and quantitative data.  Lectures will introduce the principles of a range of research design issues and methodological approaches, while classes will contextualise this teaching in relation to management research.  Drawing on a variety of examples, the course will provide the platform for students to consider a range of design options, as well as methodological techniques, to adopt in their own dissertations or extended essays.  By the end of the course, students will be familiar with a range of research design options and will be better equipped to not only design, but also to collect and analyse data for, their own dissertations or extended essays.


20 hours of lectures and 13 hours and 30 minutes of seminars in the MT.

Formative coursework

Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.

A formative assignment will be due at the end of the teaching term (MT) for which students will be expected to submit a 1,000 word initial proposal for their dissertation/extended essay.

Indicative reading

Wray, Alison and Mike Wallace (2006). Critical Reading and Writing for Postgraduates. London: Sage

Booth, Wayne C., Gregory G. Colmb and Joseph Williams (2008). The Craft of Research. Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

Ridley, Diana (2008).  The Literature Review: A Step-by-step guide for students. London: Sage.

Tharenou, Phyllis, Ross Donohue, and Brian Cooper (2007).  Management Research Methods. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Gill, John and Phil Johnson (2010) Research Methods for Managers (3rd edition). London: Sage

Easterby-Smith, Mark, Richard Thorpe, and Paul Jackson (2012). Management Research (4th edition). London: Sage.

Other readings will be provided during the course.


Essay (100%, 3000 words) in the ST.

3000 word essay

Important information in response to COVID-19

Please note that during 2020/21 academic year some variation to teaching and learning activities may be required to respond to changes in public health advice and/or to account for the situation of students in attendance on campus and those studying online during the early part of the academic year. For assessment, this may involve changes to mode of delivery and/or the format or weighting of assessments. Changes will only be made if required and students will be notified about any changes to teaching or assessment plans at the earliest opportunity.

Key facts

Department: Management

Total students 2019/20: 83

Average class size 2019/20: 17

Controlled access 2019/20: Yes

Value: Half Unit

Guidelines for interpreting course guide information

Personal development skills

  • Self-management
  • Problem solving
  • Application of information skills
  • Application of numeracy skills
  • Specialist skills