Advanced Research Methods
Course infoSchedule
Course moduleMAN-MOD012
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byRadboud University; Nijmegen School of Management; Master Business Administration;
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dr. J.R.O. Bartosch
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dr. J.R.O. Bartosch
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dr. J.R.O. Bartosch
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dr. J.R.O. Bartosch
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dr. V. Blazevic
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Academic year2022
1-2  (05/09/2022 to 29/01/2023)
Starting block
Course mode
Remarksworkgroup registration will take place in Brightspace
Registration using OSIRISYes
Course open to students from other facultiesNo
Waiting listNo
Placement procedure-
After completing this course, students will be able to 
  • critically evaluate different epistemological positions in both quantitative and qualitative research,
  • make deliberate methodological choices and discuss their advantages and limitations,
  • operationalise a research question into a research design and develop a conceptual model
  • critically discuss and apply the elementary principles of the following (analytical) qualitative techniques such as ethnographic research (combinations of observations, document analysis, interviews, case study), discourse analysis, template analysis (qualitative methods);
  • analyse and report qualitative findings rigorously according to academic standards using criteria such as transferability, creditability, dependability, confirmability and reflexivity (qualitative methods);  
  • explain and use elementary principles of the following analytical techniques: factor analysis, regression analysis, and elementary scale analysis techniques (e.g., measures of internal consistency, measures of convergent and discriminant validity) (quantitative methods);
  • work independently with at least one statistical program (for quantitative methods), namely SPSS for windows, including how to work with a syntax (quantitative methods);
  • digest relevant knowledge from methodological sources and use this knowledge for one’s own statistical analysis (quantitative methods);
  • report methodological choices and findings rigorously and according to academic standards.
The course Advanced Research Methodology consists of two parts: 
  • (A) Advanced qualitative research methodology (Block 1) 
  • (B) Advanced quantitative research methodology (Block 2) 
Lectures: The lectures focus on qualitative methods of data collection and data analysis. Students will be exposed to different approaches within qualitative research to collect and analyse data. The lectures draw on chapters of the core book of Symon & Cassell as indicated but also on additional material. The lectures constitute exam relevant material. 

Group assignment: Students will practice their skills in collecting and analysing qualitative research in groups of three. You will conduct a small study using data partly collected yourselves and partly relying on existing material. You will analyse the data together and work towards theory building. The resulting report has to be submitted by 26 October 2018. 
Tutorials: There will be tutorials on context mapping, a visual, quick & dirty form of data analysis that forms part of the assignment. It is a useful step before diving into deeper analysis and using software. The tutorial requires solid preparation (individual coding of data by students in preparation of the tutorial) so plan ahead and start early. Specific instructions for context mapping will be available on Brightspace. 


Presumed foreknowledge
  • Research and Intervention Methodology
  • Qualitative Research Methodology (Bachelor's level)
  • Quantitative Research Methodology (Bachelor's level)
  • Test information
    Assignments, report qualitative study, written exam qualitative research methods, and written exam quantitative research methods. Partial grades remain valid for one year.
    Ma 1

    Required materials
    For quantitative methods
    Title: Multivariate Data Analysis
    Author:Joseph F Hair, Barry J. Babin, Rolph E. Anderson, William C. Black
    Additional articles for qualitative research methods will be announced via the course manual and are available digitally through the university library.
    Articles and/or book for quantitative methods (if included in this course) will be announced later.
    Title:Qualitative Organizational Research: Core Methods and current challenges.
    Author:Symon, G. & Cassell, C.

    Instructional modes


    Contribution to group work
    Take-home assignments require individual reading and working on analysis as a group

    Students practice the application of qualitative and quantitative research methods, in particular advanced analysis

    Exam qualitative
    Test weight50
    Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
    OpportunitiesBlock 1, Block 2

    Written exam part A

    Exam part B
    Test weight50
    Test typeDigital exam with CIRRUS
    OpportunitiesBlock 2, Block 3

    written exam part B quantitative