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Research Methodology in Business Science

Code 14072
Year 1
Semester S1
ECTS Credits 6
Workload OT(15H)/TP(30H)
Scientific area Management
Entry requirements There is no.
Learning outcomes To provide a set of concepts, techniques and approaches as well as understanding the main issues that arise, either in preparing the proposal, or in structuring and carrying out research work leading to the development of projects: master's thesis.
- Know the main strategies to be adopted in different research paradigms in the scientific area of management and entrepreneurship;
- Identify, define and understand the different concepts and approaches in a process of scientific investigation;
- Identify and understand the methodologies and techniques needed to develop a project or a research work;
- Apply statistical concepts and methods of data analysis, in business science, not addressed at the undergraduate level (first cycle);
- Analyze, evaluate, and articulate the implications of the statistical results in the field of business science.
Syllabus 1. CONCEPTUALIZATION AND INVESTIGATION IN MANAGEMENT
Ideas, terms concerning investigation
Production of knowledge in management

2. THEORIES AS PROGRAMMES OF SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION
Concept and role of theory regarding the facts
Theory as programme of scientific investigation

3. SCIENTIFIC INVESTIGATION WORK
Content and organization
Presentation, process and techniques of writing

4. STAGES IN THE INVESTIGATORY PROCESS
Definition/setting of the problem
Objectives and questions for investigation
Investigation design

6. TECHNIQUES OF MEASURING, COLLECTING AND ANALYZING AND PRESENTING DATA
Technique for obtaining data
Techniques of quantitative and qualitative investigation
Main Bibliography Bryman, A. e Cramer, D. (1992): "Análise de Dados em Ciências Sociais", Celta Editora, Oeiras.
Lakatos, I. (1980): “Falsification and the Methodology of Scientific Research Programmes”, Cambridge University Press.
Quivy, R.; Campenhoudt, L. (1998), Manual de Investigação em Ciências Sociais, Gradiva – Publicações, 2.ª Edição, Lisboa
Silverman, D. (2000), “Doing Qualitative Research - A Pratical Handbook”, Sage Publications, London.
Yin, R.K. (1989): “Case Study Research. Design and Methods”, Newbury Park: SAGE Publication, California.
Guimarães, Rui Campos e Cabral, José A. Sarsfield, “Estatística”, McGraw-Hill, Lisboa, 1997
Hicks, Charles R.; Kenneth V. TURNER, Fundamental Concepts in the Design of Experiments, Oxford University Press, New York, 1999, 5th Edition.
McClave, J.T, BEnson, P.G. e Sincich, T., Statistics for Business and Economics, 9th Edition, Pearson, Prenstice Hall, 2005.
Teaching Methodologies and Assessment Criteria Classes will be of a theoretical-practical nature. Theoretical presentation will be accompanied whenever possible by analysis of case studies taken from journals and books on the speciality.

The assignments to be completed by students have two distinct formats. The first assignment (individual) concerns detailed analysis of a paper (provided by the lecturer and related to the programme of the curricular unit) to be presented in class. The second assignment consists of elaborating a major paper with a written component and also oral presentation in class.

For the purpose of teaching-learning classification, four types of knowledge assessment will be considered (periodic assessment):

1) Discussion of paper- 30%

2) Research proposal – 70%
Language Portuguese. Tutorial support is available in English.
Last updated on: 2021-10-18

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