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.


MNGT4-L7000 Qualitative Research in Management Studies is intended for students of
Aalto-BIZ doctoral program as an elective module of General research studies in field of
Business. The course is designed to develop students general competences for qualitative
inquiry in the field of business studies. The primary objective of the course is to develop
students abilities to critically and independently evaluate and assess their own
methodological choices, and thus to support their thesis work.
On completion of the course, students are expected to demonstrate that they
• understand the basic assumptions and methodological prescriptions of contemporary
approaches to qualitative research
• know how to apply these methodological principles in research practice to define
appropriate research problems and study designs for qualitative analysis
• are able to make informed and justified methodological choices in their own research.
The learning outcomes used to determine the degree to which these goals are being met
include the following:
• Students are able to describe and explain the typical phases and methodological
choices of scholarly qualitative research.
• Students are able to use the basic research terminology and concepts of qualitative
inquiry in discussing the methodology of their own research.
• Students are able to critically analyze and evaluate the methodological rigorousness of
their own work and published research contributions in their own field of scholarship. 

Credits: 6

Schedule: 08.01.2024 - 12.02.2024

Teacher in charge (valid for whole curriculum period):

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Johanna Moisander

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:

    The course introduces students with recent developments and methodological debates in
    the broader field of qualitative management studies. Through class meetings and
    independent learning assignments the course familiarizes students with the principles and
    practices of setting up qualitative research projects; collecting empirical materials; analyzing
    qualitative materials; building and elaborating theory; and writing up and publishing
    qualitative research contributions. 

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Students will be evaluated on their final course paper, which is due at the end of the study period. The final course paper will be graded on a scale of pass/fail. Details on the evaluation criteria will be discussed in class.

  • valid for whole curriculum period:

    Workload 160 h (6 cr) – Class meetings 20 h – Independent learning assignments 100 h: studying the required readings (10h / week) and completing the associated learning assignments (10 h/week) – Final course paper (40 h) 


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