Credits: 6

Schedule: 28.02.2020 - 28.02.2020

Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

II autumn 2018 (Töölö campus) and IV 2018-19 (Otaniemi campus)
II and IV 2019-2020 (Otaniemi campus).

The course is a one-period online course and comprises one optional kick-off session.

Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Students will develop an understanding of entrepreneurship and innovation as multifaceted and multidisciplinary fields of research. They will also become familiar with a range of fundamental theoretical approaches that are derived from different disciplines, and how these are applied in innovation and entrepreneurship research. Students will also strengthen their academic reading, writing and research skills to a level required of a Master’s thesis.

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This online course introduces students to the research methods applied in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation management. It follows self-paced learning principles, and offers students the option to decide the order of learning topics. In particular, the course focuses on “how to collect reliable data” by providing exercises for different data collection techniques, such as interviews, observations, surveys, and secondary data (e.g. news articles, tweets, Facebook/Youtube comments). Further, the course focuses on “how to do good qualitative research” by offering training in techniques for qualitative analysis, such as Gioia method, discourse analysis, critical incident analysis, visual methods, and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). The course also addresses “how to do good quantitative research” by learning some basic techniques for conducting statistical analysis, such as descriptive statistics, bivariate and partial correlations, factor analysis, reliability tests, linear regression and logistic regression.Students engage with the basics of qualitative as well as quantitative research, and engage more deeply in one research methodology of their interest.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Individual assignment (100%)

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Teachers: Ewald Kibler; Steffen Farny

1. Contact hours 6 h
2. Online-based exercises 74 h
3. Individual assignment 80 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

A variety of selected articles and videos on research methods. More detailed instructions will be provided in the course syllabus.

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course substitutes 25E32000 Entrepreneurship as a field of science.

Course Homepage (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020):

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

0 (fail) to 5 (excellent))

Registration for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Registration via WebOodi ends 7 days before the period starts.

Further Information (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

This course is open to all Aalto students.


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