4504664: Research Methods in Entrepreneurship and Management

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Semester:SS 18
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 researchResearch design and the use of theoryResearch questions and hypothesesQuantitative methodsQualitative methodsMixed method proceduresTransdisciplinary researchResearch projects with industrial partners

Learning Outcomes

  • The students will be able to clearly understand and communicate the epistemological underpinning of their research workdifferentiate between different schools of thoughtdesign research processes corresponding to their research questionsselect suitable qualitative and quantitative research methodsevaluate 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 uploaded on moodle):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+8H. 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:Paper; ready to be submitted to a scientific conference (e.g. AOM) or journal (min. 5000 words)


For all organizational details please get in touch with Ferdinand Thies (Ferdinand.thies@uni.li).


  • PWW-DS_Research Methods in Entrepreneurship and Management (SS 18, abgesagt)