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The purpose of this course is to assist you in the production of your master's thesis. By independently watching the attached audiovisual material and by reading the articles as well as the textbook of this course, you will develop a solid understanding of the research methods which allow us to address particular research problems in a systematic, scientific way. An understanding of these research methods assists you, first and foremost, in tackling the challenges later in your own master's thesis. Moreover, this course gives you the capability to evaluate and criticize, at least to some degree, various scientific investigations in both the qualitative and the quantitative genres  and especially such studies that revolve around accounting topics.

Laajuus: 6

Aikataulu: 09.01.2019 - 30.01.2019

Vastuuopettaja (voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Henry Jarva, Juhani Vaivio

Vastuuopettaja (koskee tätä kurssikertaa): Henry Jarva, Juhani Vaivio

Kurssin yhteystiedot (voimassa 08.01.2019-21.12.2112):

Name: Juhani Vaivio


Office: H3.34

Office Hours: By


Name: Henry Jarva


Office: G3.10

Office Hours: By appointment

Kurssin CEFR-taso (koskee tätä kurssikertaa):

Opetuskieli ja suorituskielet (voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    During the course the student will familiarize her-/himself with the research process and the use of research methods:
    1. Quantitative research methods in financial accounting, including multiple regression model and binary choice models using SAS 9.4 (or other) statistical analysis software.
    2. Qualitative research methods in management accounting, including case studies and survey research. 

Toteutus, työmuodot ja arvosteluperusteet
  • Voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    1. Online Qualitative Exam (50%)

    2. Online Quantitative Exam (50%)

    A student have to pass both exams.

Työmäärä toteutustavoittain
  • Voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    - Lectures 6 h

    - Exercises 15 h

    - Independent work 131 h

    - Exams 8 h


  • Voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Selected research articles and videos available at the MyCourses page.

    Blumberg, B., Cooper, D. R. & Schindler, P. S. (2008). Business Research Methods. ISBN-13: 978-0-07-711745-0


  • Koskee tätä kurssikertaa:

    T. and Dent, J. 1998. Accounting and Organizations: Realizing the Richness of
    Field Research. Journal of Management
    Accounting Research
    , vol.10, pp. 1–39.


    J. 1988. Reliability and validity in field research: some strategies and
    tactics. Accounting, Auditing and
    Accountability Journal
    , vol.1, pp. 34–54.


    R. 1990. Researching management accounting practice: the role of case study
    methods. British Accounting Review,
    22, pp. 259–281.


    J. 2008. Qualitative management accounting research: rationale, pitfalls and
    potential. Qualitative Research in
    Accounting & Management
    , vol.5, no.1, pp. 64–86.

    need the following password to access: RMA2016)

    Part 1: Why is the M.Sc –thesis so important? And what
    problems usually appear in getting started with it?

    Part 2: Writing the Introduction and the Literature Review.

    Part 3: About the Method –chapter, the Case organization/s,
    and the writing of the Case/s –chapter.

    Part 4: More about how to write the Case/s –chapter.

    Part 5: Writing the Theoretical Interpretation / Discussion

    Part 6: How to write the Conclusions / Managerial
    Recommendations –chapter.

    Part 7: Fieldwork in case studies: Collecting empirical
    evidence – especially with field interviews.

  • Voimassa 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    This is an advanced course in accounting. Ideally, you should take this course when you start thinking about writing your master's thesis soon - but well before joining a master's thesis seminar group, and before committing yourself to the investigation of a specific research topic.