A Social Sciences Perspective of Academic Research in Management
This information is for the 2021/22 session.
Prof Naufel Vilcassim NAB 4.38
Head of the Doctoral Programme
This course is compulsory on the MPhil/PhD in Management - Information Systems and Innovation, MRes/PhD in Management (Employment Relations and Human Resources), MRes/PhD in Management (Marketing) and MRes/PhD in Management (Organisational Behaviour). This course is not available as an outside option.
The Seminar runs across all Management PhD Programmes and is a compulsory course for all students in the first year of their PhD.
Using the classic text by Kuhn, you will be introduced to the nature of scientific enquiry in the social sciences.
The seminar provides the opportunity to engage with and appreciate research in other Management subject areas in order to understand some of the major streams of research (i.e. what is Micro OB vs. Macro OB, or Consumer Behaviour vs Modelling research in Marketing, researching formal and informal rules and their effects, etc). It also provides an opportunity for the full cohort of research students across the Department of Management programmes to meet regularly to discuss and share their different perspectives on academic research in Management.
The Seminar series will also develop your skills to evaluate underlying the research philosophy and research design in academic research. You will be required to submit a paper from outside your direct area of expertise and apply the insights gained from course to discuss and evaluate the research paper.
Alongside an overview of the different Management specialisms and research by Faculty groups the seminars will cover the following topics:
Thomas Kuhn's The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition.
Undertaking Research in Management: Research Paradigms and Research Process.
Quantitative research methods: an introduction and overview of the methodological toolkit, and their limitations.
Qualitative research methods.
Experimental data and its limitations
Measurement and Survey Designs in Management research.
Technology within the context of increasing sophistication of socio-technical arrangements.
20 hours of seminars in the MT.
Note that teaching may take a different format and/or structure in 2021/22.
Students will be expected to produce 1 essay in the MT.
Submit a paper of between 1000-1500 words responding to a research paper outside your subject specialism.
- Thomas S Kuhn: The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: 50th Anniversary Edition
- John Preston: Kuhn’s The Structure of Scientific Revolutions: A Reader’s Guide
- Any readings assigned for any given session
Course selection videos
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Important information in response to COVID-19
Please note that during 2021/22 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 differing needs of students in attendance on campus and those who might be studying online. For example, this may involve changes to the mode of teaching 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.
Total students 2020/21: 7
Average class size 2020/21: 7
Value: Non-credit bearing
Personal development skills
- Team working
- Problem solving
- Application of information skills
- Application of numeracy skills
- Commercial awareness
- Specialist skills