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Business Research Methods

6 LP


#70113 / #7

WS 2018/19 - SoSe 2020

Fakultät VII

H 76

Institut für Technologie und Management

37335200 FG Entrepreneurship und Innovationsmanagement

Kratzer, Jan

Borkert, Maren

POS-Nummer PORD-Nummer Modultitel
2111800 26445 Business Research Methods

Learning Outcomes

The primary aim of this course is to introduce students to qualitative research methods used most frequently by business scholars, particularly within the domains of innovation and entrepreneurship studies. Knowledge of these methodological approaches is critical to the comprehension of academic publications, the evaluation of empirical studies and the design and implementation of own research projects. The specific learning objectives of this course are as follows. At the end of the semester, students who have successfully participated in this course should be able to: 1. Explain fundamental research philosophies and approaches pursued by business scholars 2. Identify methodological approaches suitable to investigate different types of qualitative research questions 3. Describe the main features and procedures of different qualitative methods 4. Critically evaluate the quality of the methodological approaches presented in published studies


- Fundamental research approaches and philosophies - Approaches to literature searches and literature reviews - The use of theory, hypotheses and variables in business research - Research designs, sampling approaches and ethical issues - Evaluation criteria in quantitative and qualitative research - Qualitative methods (e.g., interview approaches, case study methods, grounded theory analysis) - Realisation of an own small scale research project (incl. development of a research question, theoretical model, research design, qualitative methods)

Module Components


All Courses are mandatory.

Course Name Type Number Cycle Language SWS
Business Research Methods VL 73 12 L 16 WS German 2
Business Research Methods UE 73 12 L 17 WS German 2

Workload and Credit Points

Business Research Methods (VL):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Class attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Course preparation and readings 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)

Business Research Methods (UE):

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Class attendance 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
Course preparation and readings 15.0 2.0h 30.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)

Course-independent workload:

Workload description Multiplier Hours Total
Exam and assignment preparation 1.0 60.0h 60.0h
60.0h(~2 LP)
The Workload of the module sums up to 180.0 Hours. Therefore the module contains 6 Credits.

Description of Teaching and Learning Methods

The learning and assessment strategy pursued in this course is designed to facilitate and ascertain the students’ attainment of the previously listed course objectives. The course is an integrated module, i.e. lectures and seminars are merged and must be attended together in the same semester. The course consists of lectures and a variety of interactive approaches, including discussions of the assigned readings, brainstorming, practical exercises and small group exercises. In the sessions, journal article excerpts, tables, statistics, coding results etc. will be used to provide illustrative examples of different methods and approaches.

Requirements for participation and examination

Desirable prerequisites for participation in the courses:

Basic knowledge in qualitative research.

Mandatory requirements for the module test application:

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Module completion



Type of exam:

Portfolio examination



Typ of portfolio examination

100 points in total

Test elements

Name Points Categorie Duration/Extent
Group Report 50 written 50%
Presentation 50 oral 50%

Grading scale

Test description (Module completion)

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Duration of the Module

This module can be completed in one semester.

Maximum Number of Participants

The maximum capacity of students is 25.

Registration Procedures

The participants are asked to enroll in ISIS.

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