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Research Seminar "Global Challenges for International Business"

Academic Year
Instruction in English
ECTS credits
Course type:
Compulsory course
1 year, 1-4 module


Ljubica, Jasenko

Trubnikov, Dmitrii

Course Syllabus


This module aims at providing students with knowledge, practical skills and experience to conduct both applied and fundamental research with a substantial emphasis on quantitative studies in business. The module aims to enable students to carry out their individual projects as well as contribute to collective research. The Research seminar covers the most relevant issues of a research process that might be valuable for students. The key idea of the course is to provide insights into philosophy and basics of pure academic as well as applied studies in management and economics. The module is designed to provide students with knowledge, skills, positive values and competencies to solve nontrivial problems and creative tasks in the frame of business studies.
Learning Objectives

Learning Objectives

  • to be able to conduct a critical analysis of a relevant literature
  • to know how to design a research: identify a research problem and question, set clear research purpose, put forward hypotheses
  • to choose appropriate research methods, collect and analyze data
  • to obtain an empirical evidence and evaluate critically results
  • to draw conclusions, provide discussion of the research results
Expected Learning Outcomes

Expected Learning Outcomes

  • understand the process of publication of research results
  • able to use reference management systems
  • know specificity of working with LaTeX
  • be able to distinguish between “good journals” and “predatory journals”
  • know the main academic journals in the research field
  • know the main types and methods of literature review
  • able to identify strengths and weaknesses in academic reasoning
  • know the main trends in international business studies
  • familiar with the mainstream topics in the international business area
  • know how to implement modern methodological approaches
  • can formulate clear and comprehensible research questions
  • able to write an effective research plan
  • able to develop a prospectus for future master’s thesis
Course Contents

Course Contents

  • Research essentials
    academic journals and academic competition, citation databases, peer review and publication, research dissemination, academic conferences, open access and copyright, reference management systems, open source and LaTeX
  • Working with literature
    primary and secondary sources, types of literature reviews, writing a review article, systematic reviews, meta-analysis
  • State of the Art in International Business research
    main trends in international business studies, interdisciplinary research, contemporary methodological approaches
  • Research methods in business studies
    methodological differences, quantitative vs. qualitative, from methods to conclusions, avoiding common mistakes
Assessment Elements

Assessment Elements

  • non-blocking In class participation 1 Module
  • non-blocking In class participation 2 Module
  • non-blocking In class participation 3 Module
  • non-blocking In class participation 4 Module
  • non-blocking Exam
Interim Assessment

Interim Assessment

  • Interim assessment (4 module)
    0.2 * Exam + 0.2 * In class participation 1 Module + 0.2 * In class participation 2 Module + 0.2 * In class participation 3 Module + 0.2 * In class participation 4 Module


Recommended Core Bibliography

  • O’Gorman, K., & MacIntosh, R. (2015). Research Methods for Business and Management : A Guide to Writing Your Dissertation (Vol. Second edition). Oxford, England: Goodfellow Publishers. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsebk&AN=2229969

Recommended Additional Bibliography

  • HU, C.-P., & CHANG, Y.-Y. (2017). John W. Creswell, Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative, and Mixed Methods Approaches. Retrieved from http://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&site=eds-live&db=edsbas&AN=edsbas.BCEBF1CE
  • Kottwitz, S. (2011). LaTeX Beginner’s Guide. Packt Publishing.
  • Snyder, H. (2019). Literature review as a research methodology: An overview and guidelines. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jbusres.2019.07.039