Skip to main content

Research Methods for Business and Leadership MHR101

This course will provide a platform for your learning in the master's program as well as your lifelong learning in a manager- and researcher role. The course offer opportunities to develop skills and competence in identifying, collecting, evaluating, synthesizing, and presenting management- and leadership relevant information. The course will also introduce you to contemporary research methods and writing a master thesis. Methods are selected from major management-relevant social science disciplines such as psychology, sociology, and organization studies.

Course description for study year 2021-2022. Please note that changes may occur.

Course code




Credits (ECTS)


Semester tution start


Number of semesters


Exam semester


Language of instruction


Learning outcome

A candidate who has completed this class should have the following learning outcomes defined in terms of knowledge, skills, and general competence.


After completing this course the student has

-  advanced knowledge in fundamental quality principles of research in social sciences and how research relates to a manager's role.

-  in-depth knowledge of how to critically classify, analyze, evaluate, synthesize, and apply state-of-the-art knowledge from several social science disciplines.

-  in-depth knowledge of the elements of contemporary social science research.


After completing this course the student can

-  analyze and extract, evaluate, and apply existing knowledge in social sciences and management.

-  critically discuss contemporary knowledge within business and leadership.

-  present, discuss and write critical evaluations of the quality of contemporary knowledge within business and leadership.

-  analyze methodological issues and make a research plan.

General competence

After completing this course, the student can:

-  analyze and formulate methodological problem statements for relevant academic, business/professional, and research ethical issues.

-  based on rhetorical principles communicate, present, and argue for the result of independent work, like analyses, methodology, and conclusions, to various audiences like specialists and the general public.

-  apply his/her knowledge and skills in new areas in order to carry out advanced assignments and projects.

-  on a sound social science scientific basis, continue life-long learning in research, management, and life in general.


The course starts with a presentation and evaluation of the foundation for good social science research including design-, sample-, measurement-, and analysis issues. Then we introduce important quality concepts such as objectivity, falsification, explanation, empirical testing, and reliability/validity, and precision. Throughout we focus on implications for research- and management processes, and we work extensively with cases and assignments related to individual studies as well as reviews and meta-analyses. The point of departure is contemporary standard management-relevant research in social sciences such as psychology, sociology, and organizational theory.

Throughout the course, we expect participants to evaluate knowledge, participate in class discussions, and write papers.

Required prerequisite knowledge
Form of assessment Weight Duration Marks Aid
Individual home exam 1/1 7 Days A - F

Coursework requirements
Compulsory assignments
  • 2 group-based cases/assignments,
  • 1 Individual case/assignment

These cases/assignments must be passed before the exam.

Course teacher(s)
Course coordinator: Torvald Øgaard
Method of work

Student-centered learning based on cases, lectures, seminars, discussions, and group-work.

Class attendance is not mandatory but highly recommended since the interactive class ambiance offers an efficient learning environment as well as a chance to acquire highly needed skills.

Course assessment
The course will be assessed and evaluated according to the University of Stavanger' administrative quality system.
Overlapping courses
Course Reduction (SP)
Research Methodology and Philosophy (MHR180) 5
Applied social science research methods (MHR115) 5
The syllabus can be found in Leganto