Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


The participants will obtain a basic understanding of research methodology in the relevant scientific fields. These including the knowledge of research design, philosophies of science, key ethical principles, and professional skills and knowledge related to becoming a successful academic.

Credits: 5

Schedule: 18.09.2018 - 04.12.2018

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Henri Schildt

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Henri Schildt

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation):

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course serves as an introductory course to research methods in industrial management and to successfully carrying out one's PhD dissertation. The course is designed to assist the student in making sense of four key questions concerning the methodology of a successful PhD dissertation: 1) What constitutes a good research problem; 2) what are the criteria for scientific knowledge, fit to be used in solving one's research problem; 3) what kinds of research designs can be used to produce such knowledge; and 4) how to report findings in order to make a scientific contribution.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course is graded based on a pre-exam, individual pre-assignments, and the final assignment. The weighs of different criteria are indicated below:
    1. Pre-exam (20%)
    2. Weekly individual pre-assignments (40%)
    3. Final assignment (40%)
    Regular attendance required. Students are allowed to miss two sessions without further repercussions.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    33 h Classroom hours
    46 h Class preparation & pre-assignments
    25 h Pre-exam preparation
    31 h Final reflection essay
    Total 135 h (5 cr)


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    The course readings consist mainly of articles and book chapters. While readings for specific sessions are announced separately, the students are asked to obtain the following book for the pre-exam:
    Smith, K. & Hitt, M. (eds). 2005. Great Minds in Management: The Process of Theory Development. Oxford University Press.

Substitutes for Courses
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    Replaces the courses TU-53.1401, TU-53.401, TU-22.191, TU-22.1191, TU-91.3001 and TU-0.3000

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    There are no specific prerequisites for the course.



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