Students acquire knowledge of and practical skills for using qualitative research methods, specifically involving case-study research. After the course they will be able to design and implement (fully or in part) a case study (open interviews, participant observation, collection of documents and content analysis) in an organisation and report on this study.
This course deals with qualitative methods in organisational research. Supported by lectures and tutorials, students design and implement (fully or in part) a case study in an organisation of their choice. Students learn to underpin what type of research questions can be answered on the basis of a case study. Moreover, they learn which qualitative research strategies help to answer these research questions in a sound way. The course deals with specific characteristics of qualitative research, like the iterative research process, the role of (meta-)theory and the role of the researcher as a measurement instrument. Students will apply qualitative methods of data collection, like open interviews, participant observation and collecting documents. They will conduct qualitative content analysis using the collected data. Special attention will be paid to methodological quality criteria, i.e. how to ensure the validity and reliability of the results.
Methods of Research and Intervention.
Written exam and paper. Both count for 50% of the final grade and need to be sufficient (5.5) to complete the course. Partial grades remain valid for 2 years.|
Regarding participation: adequate preparation, presence and participation in the seminar group meetings is expected. You are allowed to miss one of the seminar group meetings. Sufficient presence and active participation will be taken into account in the individual grading of the assignment.