After successful completion of the course, the student is able to research a real business problem in an academically justified way. In more detail, the student is able to:
- Define an adequate and relevant research problem and devise the accompanying problem identification, problem statement and research questions.
- Devise a conceptual model that indicates the relevant concepts to study and serves as a guideline for literature study and data analysis.
- Develop a research design taking into account scientific criteria such as validity and reliability.
- Choose a suitable sampling method to perform data collection.
- Analyze the data so that an in-depth understanding of the company problem is achieved.
- Discuss findings and use these findings to develop an adequate solution for the business problem.
The course prepares you for the successful completion of your Master thesis and provides you with research skills that are useful for your later career.
The course explains how to research a real business problem in an academic sound way. All the different steps of a research project are discussed (the problem definition, building a theoretical framework, data collection, data analysis and solutions). The main focus is on qualitative research methods. However, we will see that also quantitative data and models are important.
You will work together with your team members on a real business problem (described in a teaching case).
Please note that the course Research Skills MSc SCM (Fall) is only open to students of the Master Program Supply Chain Management. It is not possible to use this course as an elective for other programs.
This course is for September entrants only. February entrants take the course Research Skills MSc SCM (Spring). The exam of Research Skills MSc SCM (Fall) will be in study unit 2 (Fall Semester), the resit will be the same as the regular exam of Research Skills MSc SCM (Spring) in the Spring semester (June 2020).
In this course some basic knowledge of research methods is assumed, e.g. it is assumed that students know how to carry out an academic literature study.
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