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Course module: 230314-M-6
Research Methods (CentER)
Course info
Course module230314-M-6
Credits (ECTS)6
CategoryMA (Master)
Course typeCourse
Language of instructionEnglish
Offered byTilburg University; Tilburg School of Economics and Management; TiSEM: Management; TiSEM: Management;
Is part of
M Research Master in Business
dr. L.C.I. Denoo
Other course modules lecturer
dr. Z. He
Other course modules lecturer
prof. dr. N.G. Noorderhaven
Other course modules lecturer
Academic year2020
Starting block
SM 2
Course mode
Registration openfrom 19/01/2021 up to and including 20/08/2021

The purpose of this course is to give students a firm grounding in the fundamentals of social science research, and to familiarize students with a range of typical research designs in management and organization research.


Students completing this course are expected:

  1. To understand the logic underlying social science research.
  2. To become a critical consumer of social science research.
  3. To be confident in applying appropriate research methods to answer their own research questions.

All non-CentER students should ask formal permission from the Director of Graduate Studies in Business BEFORE the start of the course.
Please send your request for permission including grade list, CV and motivation letter to CentER Graduate School at Note that asking permission is not just a formality.
The first half of the course introduces the basics of social science research, such as philosophy of science, theory development and testing, sampling, measurement, internal validity and external validity.  We then, in the second half, apply these general principles to specific methodological options, including experiment, modelling, simulation, and various quantitative/qualitative research methods.  We conclude this course with a "getting your research into journals" workshop based on a real paper at different stages of the review process.
Throughout the course, our focus is on how theoretical insights can be translated into testable hypotheses, and how these hypotheses are best tested.  It is important to note that this is not a statistics class, and students are assumed to have acquired basic knowledge of statistics from other courses.
Type of instructions
Discussion of journal articles, research project
Type of exams
Weekly summary (20%), Class participation (24%), Two quizzes (20%), Research proposal (36%).

Compulsory Reading
  1. A syllabus containing a list of readings will be distributed.
Course available for exchange students
Research Master level, conditions apply
Contact person
dr. Z. He
Timetable information
Research Methods (CentER)
Required materials
A list of readings, mainly journal articles, will be provided in the syllabus.
Recommended materials
Final grade

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