Qualitative Business Research 06.05.2013-09.05.2013

Kurssikuvaus: The objective is to broaden the participants’ knowledge and skills concerning various qualitative research approaches and to help doctoral students in identifying appropriate qualitative methodologies and methods for their own doctoral research projects.

The course is organized as a collaboration between KATAJA and EIASM, with the help of a Finnish trust fund. See funding further down.

Please note that you need to register/apply to the course through the course home page provided above for the EDEN Doctoral Seminar on Qualitative Business Research.

Pidempi kurssikuvaus: Through theoretical readings, hands-on exercises, joint discussions and individual meetings the course will focus on issues such as:
• What types of research questions are suitable for various qualitative research approaches?
• How qualitative data can be analyzed and interpreted?
• How qualitative research processes can be designed, implemented, and reported in doctoral dissertations?


Kurssin yhteyshenkilö: Elisa Akola

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Kurssin aikataulu: 06.05.2013-09.05.2013

Paikka: EIASM, Brussels

Kurssin laajuus opintopisteinä: 6

Kurssin tavoitteet: The course has two objectives. The first objective is to broaden the participants’ knowledge and skills concerning the multitude of various qualitative approaches and their requirements, as well as to outline their potential for doctoral dissertations in the area of business research. The second objective is to help doctoral students to identify appropriate qualitative methodologies and methods for their own doctoral research projects.

Kurssin suorittaminen: The course is built on action learning and hands-on-experience on how to do qualitative research. Therefore, the course consists of intensive small group work sessions and discussions as well as presentations made by the students. Interactive teaching draws from the student’s point of view, taking into account the participants’ prior expertise, knowledge and experience. The whole course is supervised by two teachers (Päivi Eriksson and Anne Kovalainen).

NOTE! The participants must be familiar with the basics of qualitative research according to the given literature. The course does not include lecturing on the course topics.

1. Päivi Eriksson & Anne Kovalainen (2008) Qualitative Methods in Business Research. Sage.
2. Doctoral dissertations specified by the teachers.
3. Other materials specified by the teachers (articles and texts related to the exercises).

1. Individually performed analysis and written report of a pre-given doctoral dissertation (max. 10 pages); studying the reports made by the other participants (prior to course).
2. An exam in the beginning of the course.
3. Dissertation analysis and evaluation as group work, exercises on data collection and analysis based on the materials provided during the course.
4. Presentations prepared by the students on various qualitative approaches
5. Active participation in small group sessions and general discussions during course.
5. Writing a field diary during the course.
6. A learning diary (max. 10 pages), submitted after the course (based on the field diary notes).

Teaching language: English

Application period: 10.12.2012–22.2.2013

Acceptance by: 10.3.2013

Applications: Interested doctoral students should register online at EIASM website (http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=959) and add the required documents:
• the applicant’s curriculum vitae demonstrating his/her capabilities of doing research;
• a letter of recommendation of his/her local faculty supporting the application;
• a two-page description of his/her doctoral research, indicating the general objectives.

The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Institute’s Faculty. They will review the required documents which should necessarily complement each application form.

There is a participation fee of 1100 € for the course. This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents, Lunches, and 2 group dinners. However, as part of the collaboration between KATAJA and EIASM, the participation fee is waived from a maximum of 10 students from the KATAJA Finnish member universities. KATAJA supports these students by paying the fee with the help of a Finnish trust fund. The fee is paid by KATAJA directly to EIASM without the student having to apply for funding. Students need, however, to cover accommodation and travel costs. No additional student funding, on top of the fee, is covered by KATAJA. The students are requested to make their own hotel arrangement.
EAISM offers a limited number of scholarships of 600 € each. Scholarships are strictly limited to students coming from an EIASM Institutional Member (the Academic Council). Allocation of the scholarships is entirely at the discretion of the European Institute.

More information about the course: http://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=959

Kurssin arviointi: The course will be graded on a scale from 1 to 5 (low–high). Evaluation is based on individual assignments.

Kohderyhmä: Doctoral students in the field of business research and disciplines close to this. The course is designed particularly for doctoral students who use qualitative approaches in their own doctoral dissertation. The course is suitable for students at the early stages of their doctoral studies although basic knowledge of qualitative research is required in order to be able to follow the course.

Kurssin pääluennoitsijana toimii: akatemiaprof. Anne Kovalainen, University of Turku

Muut luennoitsijat: prof. Päivi Eriksson, University of Eastern Finland , prof. David Silverman, University of London