The purpose of this unit is to extend and deepen students' knowledge of qualitative research gained in BUSS7903. Students participate in the key contemporary debates on qualitative research in business/management disciplines, and in the social sciences more broadly. The unit covers all stages of conducting a qualitative study, from research design to reporting the results of an empirical study. Emphasis is placed on the relevance of the researcher's own paradigmatic and disciplinary positioning, the diversity and evolution of qualitative traditions, and emerging trends. The implications of different ontological and philosophical commitments for the choices made during the course of a qualitative project are a key integrating theme of this unit. Upon completion of this unit, students are able to critically evaluate qualitative research, make informed decisions in the context of their own projects and improve their own research practices.
Workshop, 6 hours per class
seminar preparation (30%), presentation (20%), individual reflection (10%), article comparison (40%)
For MPhil and PhD students only.