Who should attend
The program is designed for:
- Researchers in government departments
- Private sector firms
- NGOs and international development organizations
- Doctoral candidates
- Early career researchers
About the course
For example, you can think of consumer market research for innovative products or services, impact studies of ICT projects, studies on female entrepreneurship, and studies on corporate greening in the hotel industry. The development of research competencies is particularly relevant for junior academics whose career is increasingly dependent on their research output. When embarking on a DBA program, you also need to have a solid understanding of what constitutes good research, how to design and execute empirical studies and how to present and discuss research results in a convincing and effective manner
The program is developed for those wishing to develop their research careers in a broad range of industries: the private sector, NGOs, international development organizations, public sector early career academics and doctoral candidates. In developing countries, this program can serve as capacity building for staff in universities, but also research units within businesses, NGOs, ministries and think tanks. In developed countries, this program fills the gap between master graduation, and the start of doctoral research.
We welcome you in Maastricht for 2 weeks (1 – 11 September 2020) at the beginning of the program (mandatory). During these two mandatory weeks on-campus you will follow subject module 1: Introduction to Research Methods. You will not only be able to meet the MSM lecturers, but also your fellow (international) students. The two weeks on-campus will also contribute to sharpening and refining your initial research ideas through classroom interactions, peer reviews and group assignments. The other four modules are offered online consisting out of online videos, handouts, moderated online forum discussions and feedback on assignments per email and Skype.
The program comprises five modules and takes you through the empirical research cycle step-by-step. The program balances theoretical knowledge with experience-based learning. We strongly believe that learning-by-doing will help you develop a unique set of skills to draft and execute your research proposal. With all assignments being geared towards drafting an initial research proposal, the RMS training program truly kick-starts your research journey.
Module 1: Introduction to Research Methods The first module focuses on “the basics” of research. It discusses research philosophy, deductive and inductive reasoning, research ethics, the role of literature in the empirical research cycle, literature search & review, presenting a main argument, conceptualizing research (i.e. transforming research question variables into a conceptual model), and the main qualitative and quantitative research strategies in business and management research. The lectures and associated assignments are not only intended to set the stage for the more specialized courses on quantitative and qualitative research methodologies, but are also intended to help sharpen own research ideas in terms of the research question(s), theoretical framework and research strategy. The sessions of this first module are geared towards drafting the problem statement and outlining the theoretical framework of the individual Research Proposal.
Module 2: Quantitative Data Collection This module aims to provide a solid introduction to the survey as data collection strategy. The module discusses sampling strategies, instrument development, data collection, data processing, and the strengths and weaknesses of survey designs.
Module 3: Qualitative Methods This course will introduce participants to the characteristics of and approaches to designing and conducting qualitative research projects. Participants will gain hands-on experience in various qualitative methods and analytical techniques.
Module 4: Quantitative Data Analysis The course provides an introduction to quantitative data analysis, starting by introducing basic statistical concepts and continuing with intermediate and advanced-level techniques of econometric analysis, such as multiple regression models and non-linear regression functions.
Module 5: Individual Research Proposal Development This module focuses entirely on drafting a solid and feasible individual Research Proposal as the final product of the RMS training program. This proposal has to be presented and defended online before a committee.
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