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Organizational Behaviour Research

2021/2022
Academic Year
ENG
Instruction in English
3
ECTS credits
Course type:
Elective course
When:
2 year, 2 module

Course Syllabus

Abstract

This is an introductory course in OB research methodology. We'll look at the fundamentals of performing empirical research for publishing in scholarly management/OB journals, as well as the problems that come with it. We'll start by talking about how to frame research questions, how to build theories, how to make initial study design decisions, and how to deal with basic concerns in empirical testing. After that, we'll look at these difficulties in the context of several types of empirical study. We'll go over readings that explain the core rationale and technicalities of these research methods, as well as research studies that show how OB scholars have utilized them individually and in combination in their work.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • The goal of this course is to introduce students to the theories, methodologies, and approaches that characterize organizational behavior (OB), which is the study of people in organizations. On a variety of major topics in OB, we will examine classic and contemporary theories, ongoing debates, and growing empirical research. This course will assist students interested in a career in OB in developing their own research agenda. Students considering a career in a related area will be able to gain a better understanding of the field of OB, evaluate all sorts of research more critically, and integrate OB methodologies and insights into their own research agenda through this course.
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • • How do we test our theories? • What are the types of research design? • What are the types of research methods? • How to create a research design?
  • • Writing well • What are the ethical issues that authors must consider while writing a paper? • What are the ethics of research writing and publication?
  • To know: • What are the components and characteristics of theory? • How to fit theory into your context? • What is a theory? What is not a theory? • What is the importance of theoretical contributions?
  • To know: • What is OB research? • What are the differences between OB and other business research? • What are the key theories in OB research? • What are the key topics in OB? • What we will do in this course?
  • To know: • What’s interesting? • Don't know where to start? • Where do research ideas come from? • How do you identify the gaps?
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Introduction
  • Research questions and gaps/selected topic discussion
  • Hypotheses development and theoretical framework/discussion
  • Research design and Methods
  • Presentation of initial proposal drafts
  • Peer Review and discussion of proposals
  • Writing and Publishing ethics
  • Second drafts of research proposal
  • Issues faced during developing research proposals
  • Discussion of key papers in the field and student’s understandings
  • Final presentations and final review submission
  • Final presentations
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking Participation in class discussion
  • non-blocking Research proposal
  • non-blocking Reviews of two research proposals
  • non-blocking Discussion of key papers in the field and student's understandings
  • non-blocking Class attendance
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • 2021/2022 2nd module
    0.1 * Class attendance + 0.1 * Discussion of key papers in the field and student's understandings + 0.2 * Participation in class discussion + 0.5 * Research proposal + 0.1 * Reviews of two research proposals
Bibliography

Bibliography

Recommended Core Bibliography

  • ALVESSON, M., & Sandberg, J. (2011). Generating Research Questions through Problematization. Academy of Management Review, 36(2), 247–271. https://doi.org/10.5465/amr.2009.0188
  • Johns, G. (2006). The Essential Impact of Context on Organizational Behavior. Academy of Management Review, 31(2), 386–408. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.2006.20208687
  • Lundberg, C. C. (1976). Hypothesis Creation in Organizational Behavior Research. Academy of Management Review, 1(2), 5–12. https://doi.org/10.5465/AMR.1976.4408646
  • Spector, P. E., & Meier, L. L. (2014). Methodologies for the study of organizational behavior processes: How to find your keys in the dark. Journal of Organizational Behavior, 35(8), 1109–1119. https://doi.org/10.1002/job.1966

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • Sandberg, J., & Alvesson, M. (2011). Ways of constructing research questions: gap-spotting or problematization? Organization, 18(1), 23–44. https://doi.org/10.1177/1350508410372151