3704664: Research Methods in Entrepreneurship and Management

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Semester:SS 14
Scheduled in semester:2
Semester Hours per Week / Contact Hours:40.0 L / 30.0 h
Self-directed study time:120.0 h

Module coordination/Lecturers


Doctoral degree programme in Business Economics (01.09.2008)


Besides a more in-depth knowledge in epistemology doctoral students in entrepreneurship and management research require an applicable base of research methods and tools. The course will cover the following topics:

  • Epistemology in entrepreneurship and management research
  • Research design and the use of theory
  • Research questions and hypotheses
  • Quantitative methods
  • Qualitative methods
  • Mixed method procedures
  • Transdisciplinary research
  • Research projects with industrial partners

Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to

  • clearly understand and communicate the epistemological underpinning of their research work
  • differentiate between different schools of thought
  • design research processes corresponding to their research questions
  • select suitable qualitative and quantitative research methods
  • evaluate their own research with respect to validity, reliability and generalisability


Lectures Method

Participant centered learning approach consisting of cases, best practices, self-study, presentation as well as paper by students

Admission Requirements



Selected Required Readings (a full reader will be handed out):

  • J. W. Cresswell (2009). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Method Approaches. Thousand Oaks, California, Sage Publications Inc. (preferably the whole book)
  • P. Johnson and J. Duberley (2000). Understanding Management Reserach. London, SAGE Publications. Chapter 1+8
  • H. Ulrich (2001). Die Betriebswirtschaftslehre als anwendungsorientierte Sozialwissenschaft. Gesammelte Schriften. H. Ulrich. Bern, Verlag Paul Haupt. 5: 17-51.
  • J. Bortz and G. A. Lienert (2008). Kurzgefasste Statistik für die klinische Forschung: Leitfaden für die verteilungsfreie Analyse kleiner Stichproben. Heidelberg, Springer. Chapter 1.
  • K. M. Eisenhardt and M. E. Graebner (2007). "Theory Building from Cases: Opportunities and Challenges." Academy of Management Journal 50(1): 25-32.
  • A. F. Chalmers (1999). What is this thing called science?: an assessment of the nature and status of science and its methods. St. Lucia, University of Queensland Press. Selected chapters.
  • M. Easterby-Smith, R. Thorpe, et al. (2008). Management Research: Theory and Practice. London, Sage Publications ltd.

Additional / suggested reading:
  • J. Strübing (2004). Grounded Theory: Zur sozialtheoretischen und epistemologischen Fundierung des Verfahrens der empirisch begründeten Theoriebildung. Wiesbaden, VS Verlag für Sozialwissenschaften. Chapter 1.
  • P. Feyerabend (1986). Wider den Methodenzwang. Frankfurt am Main, Suhrkamp Verlag.

Exam Modalities

The students will be assessed in this module through:

  • Presentation


For all organizational details please get in touch with Markus Spiegel (markus.spiegel@uni.li).


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