Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years, 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.


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 methodological approaches, 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 for a Master's thesis.

Credits: 6

Schedule: 18.04.2022 - 05.06.2022

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Thomas Hoeger

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

CEFR level (valid for whole curriculum period):

Language of instruction and studies (applies in this implementation):

Teaching language: English. Languages of study attainment: English


  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    It introduces students to the fundamental research methods applied in the fields of entrepreneurship and innovation management. The course focuses on how to collect reliable data, such as interviews, observations, surveys, and secondary data (e.g. news articles, tweets, Facebook/Youtube comments), and how to do good qualitative research by offering training in techniques for qualitative analysis. The course also addresses how to do good quantitative research by learning some basic techniques for conducting statistical analysis, such as descriptive statistics, and how to assess the quality of published research. 

    The course follows self-paced learning principles, and offers students the option to decide the order of learning topics. For each topic a set of short exercises help apply and critically reflect their understanding. Overall, students engage with the basics of qualitative as well as quantitative research, and engage more deeply in one research methodology of their interest.

    This online course functions in support of MSc Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management students' Master's thesis. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Individual exercises and assignments (100%)

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    1. Contact hours (Online Feedback) 6 h

    2. Online-based exercises 80 h

    3. Individual assignment 74 h


Study Material
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

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

Substitutes for Courses
SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure


Further Information
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students are admitted to the course in the following priority order: 1) Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management 2) Other Aalto students.

    Teaching Period:

    2020-2021 Autumn II,Spring V

    2021-2022 Autumn II,Spring V

    Course Homepage:

    Registration for Courses: In the academic year 2021-2022, registration for courses will take place on Sisu ( instead of WebOodi.