evaluation of an existing thesis relevant to your topic/methods/interests/level
First describe briefly the study and how it relates to your
research interests. Then evaluate it using the Master’s Thesis Evaluation
Rubric as your evaluation tool. Assess 1) What was good? 2) What could be
improved? 3) What did you learn from reading this (and other) theses?
Development of an
initial individual research proposal, which includes your research setting and problem/objective(s),
research questions, conceptual definitions, and ideas concerning your
theoretical framework, data collection and methodological choices.
Contacting the supervisor and
presenting the first draft of the research proposal to her/him, and then write
a memo of 1) what was discussed, 2) what you learned, 3) what kind of steps you
intend to do to improve your proposal and 4) what is the timeframe for the
•a one page summary each for 3 out
of 4 pre-selected articles on methodological aspects of doing academic research
in M&IB (i.e. 1 page for each article)
•Plus a page where you provide your
reflections concerning why (or why not) and how the summarized articles can be
useful for / applied to your own project
•The assignment is evaluated as pass
or fail –> You need to pass! •The assignment is due one week (7 days) after the class that has been missed,
The articles are:
Eisenhardt, K. (1989). Building Theories
from Case Study Research. Academy of Management Review 14(4): 532-550
Alvesson, M. Kärreman, D. (2007).
Constructing Mystery: Empirical Matters in Theory Development. Academy of
Management Review 32(4): 1265-1281
Gioia, D. Chittipeddi, K. (1991).
Sensemaking and Sensegiving in Strategic Change Initiation. Strategic
Management Journal 12: 433- 448
Mantere, S. Schildt, H. Sillince, J.
(2012). Reversal of Strategic Change. Academy of Management Journal 55(1):
Welch, C., Piekkari, R., Plakoyiannaki,
E., & Paavilainen-Mäntymäki, E. 2011. Theorising from case studies: towards
a pluralist future for international business research. Journal of
International Business Studies, 42: 740-762.
· Times New Roman 12 cpi
· line spacing 1,5
· margins 2,5
· Harvard referencing system http://libweb.anglia.ac.uk/referencing/harvard.htm
the word count on the first page of your assignments.
Kindly observe that course assignments 1-3, and 5 are to be
written in English only, and assignment 4 in the language the thesis
will be written i.e. in English (or in Finnish).
Assignments 1-3, and 5 will be graded by the course teacher and
assignment 4 by the supervisor.