This course replaces the course TU-E3090 - Research Assignment in Leadership and Knowledge Management.
Course syllabus for the course TU-E3091 -
Research Assignment in Organization Design and Leadership (5 cr)/ Fall term 2018
(minor changes may occur before the course begins)
Please contact course teacher-in-charge
eerikki.maki(at)aalto.fi if you have any questions about the course or its
arrangements. Please note, new teacher-in-charge will be Natalia Vuori (natalia.vuori(at)aalto.fi) from November 1st.
Students will learn how to apply scientific
methods and scientific thinking in problem solving. Students will learn how to
define and specify adequate research objectives and research questions in the
subject area "organization design and leadership”. Students will learn
how to make a sound research plan for a small-scale empirical study. Students
will be able to collect and analyze empirical data, report the results, and
evaluate the quality (reliability and validity) of empirical research.
Course includes designing a study that is
based on empirical data. Students will do hands-on exercises of the different
phases of a scientific research (e.g. designing an instrument for collecting
data, data collection, data analysis, etc.). The course prepares the students
for conducting scientific research (e.g. Master's thesis).
course consists of two parts
PART 1 consists of six lectures and five post-class assignments (+ pre-lecture and post-lecture reading materials). Part 1 (about 54 hours of work) is held jointly with three Majors (i.e., courses TU-E1090 - Research Assignment in Strategy and Venturing, TU-E2090 - Research Assignment in Operations and Service Management, TU-E3091 - Research Assignment in Organization Design and Leadership. All information and communication regarding Part 1) takes place in a separate forum hosting all three courses. The link to this forum is
The first lecture will provide further
details. Please notice, that students need to self-enrol to the above mentioned
MC-site via the MC-site.
PART 2 (about 81 hours of work) focuses on doing an empirical research assignment. Students are working in groups of 3 students. They are supposed to find and formulate a research theme to be studied with empirical data. The theme is related to organization design and leadership. The research assignment includes most of the phases of any empirical research (postulating relevant objectives for the research, writing a sound research plan for the research assignment, conducting the empirical study, reporting the findings, and presenting the research in a seminar). In addition to the own empirical research, students will evaluate an empirical study done by another group.
Lectures and post-class assignments (PART 1): please see
Part 2 joint session for making student groups and brainstorming topics for the research assignment will be in the last week of September (exact time will be agreed on the first lecture September 12th).
Submitting the research plan by October 14th
Mandatory feedback session on research plans October 15th-19th
Voluntary feedback session on report draft 19-23.11.2018 (send the draft by email to natalia.vuori(at)aalto.fi and suggest time for the feedback meeting)
Submitting the research report and presentation slides by December 7th
Seminar presentations December 12th (at 9:00-12:00)
Submitting the review report December 21st
research assignment (Part 2)
Empirical research assignment is done in a
group of 3 students. The topics of the groups' empirical research assignments
are worked together in 2-hour guided session. The time of the guided session
for framing student groups' assignment topics will be agreed in the first
lecture (September 12th 2018). More detailed instructions of the
empirical research assignment are given in the site Instructions for the
report (review of an assignment)
Address the strengths of the research
Each student (individual, not group work) will evaluate and review a research report and seminar presentation of another student group. Research reports will be emailed to the students before seminars. The review (500-1000 words) should focus at least the objectives of the research (clarity, ambition, relevance, scope, feasibility), material and methods (suitability of material and methods, how well applied, why chosen, etc.), results (are the objectives achieved and research questions answered, are the results clear and clearly presented,), discussion (interplay between data, results, and conclusions, practical implications, review of own research). Take a constructive approach in your review:
Address the strengths of the researchAddress the weaknesses and explain how they could have been avoided
Give comments how the study could have been improved
and passing the course
The final grade is based on:
Post-class questions (40 %)
Empirical assignment and the seminar presentation (50 %)
Review report (10 %)
Course grades are based on formula:
49-58 points => 1
59-68 points => 2
69-78 points => 3
79-88 points => 4
89-102 points => 5