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MQBS7025 – Advanced Qualitative Research Approaches in Business and Economics

2022 – Session 2, Online-scheduled-weekday

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff
Jaco Lok
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
MQBS7010 and MQBS7020
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description

This unit addresses comprehensive and practical considerations of qualitative research design, covering a range of qualitative research methodologies and analytical tools that are based on the main research philosophies underpinning qualitative research in business and organisation research. The topics include advanced research approaches and methods such as ethnography, discourse analysis, and critical approaches. It helps students develop advanced research skills that are critical to knowledge generation in business research and problem solving.

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Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • ULO2: Conduct qualitative research using a sound understanding of different coding and interpretation strategies that are consistent with their respective research question, method, and research philosophy
  • ULO3: Develop a theoretical research contribution by relating findings from qualitative data analysis to a literature review
  • ULO4: Analyze textual data in ways that are consistent with different research philosophies that can underpin qualitative research

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Essay 30% Yes Week 45
Weekly Reveiw 40% Yes Weekly
Report 30% Yes Week 37

Essay

Assessment Type 1: Essay
Indicative Time on Task 2: 33.3 hours
Due: Week 45
Weighting: 30%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Select any text (e.g. report; interview transcript; series of news or opinion articles on a particular topic) and write a 3,000 word research report that presents the findings of three different analyses that are each based a different research philosophy: (neo-)positivist, interpretive, and critical. Justify the coding and interpretation techniques you used for each analysis in relation to your research question, making use of the relevant literature on qualitative research methods. Support your main findings using data fragments and/or summary tables.


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Conduct qualitative research using a sound understanding of different coding and interpretation strategies that are consistent with their respective research question, method, and research philosophy
  • Develop a theoretical research contribution by relating findings from qualitative data analysis to a literature review
  • Analyze textual data in ways that are consistent with different research philosophies that can underpin qualitative research

Weekly Reveiw

Assessment Type 1: Reflective Writing
Indicative Time on Task 2: 44.4 hours
Due: Weekly
Weighting: 40%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

For each of the sessions from weeks 2 -12 of the course, write a 500-1,000 review that:

1) Summarizes what you believe to be the most important learnings from the lecture and readings in each week

2) Critically discuss how the materials covered could relate to your own research project e.g. how might you use some of the points discussed to improve, critique, and/or justify your research project?


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Conduct qualitative research using a sound understanding of different coding and interpretation strategies that are consistent with their respective research question, method, and research philosophy
  • Develop a theoretical research contribution by relating findings from qualitative data analysis to a literature review
  • Analyze textual data in ways that are consistent with different research philosophies that can underpin qualitative research

Report

Assessment Type 1: Report
Indicative Time on Task 2: 33.3 hours
Due: Week 37
Weighting: 30%
This is a hurdle assessment task (see assessment policy for more information on hurdle assessment tasks)

Select three recent (within the last 5 years) empirical research papers from three top academic journals that have used the same particular research method, and write a 3,000 word report that critically analyzes and compares the three papers in terms of:

1) The way they position the research question in relation to existing literature

2) The way they justify their research methods

3) The extent to which, and ways in which, their main theoretical contributions is supported by, and connected to, the findings


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Explain the relative advantages and disadvantages of a diverse range of qualitative research methods used in management research in developing a research design
  • Conduct qualitative research using a sound understanding of different coding and interpretation strategies that are consistent with their respective research question, method, and research philosophy
  • Develop a theoretical research contribution by relating findings from qualitative data analysis to a literature review
  • Analyze textual data in ways that are consistent with different research philosophies that can underpin qualitative research

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Writing Centre for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

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The unit will be taught online. Electronic invitations for each lecture can be found under each session on Ilearn.

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