Time and place: 29.5. – 2.6.2017, Vaasa University, Vaasa
Learning goal and objectives: Due to globalization and higher international trade volumes there is an increasing trend in management research to conduct cross-cultural, cross-national and cross-disciplinary studies. Methods and methodology for comparative studies, however, require special knowledge and special skills. Researchers involved in cross-cultural research projects need to be familiar with the cross-cultural research methods and even be able to create novel methods and techniques in order to increase the validity, reliability, and trustworthiness of cross-cultural research. The empirical design becomes even more complicated, when studies are conducted in transitional and developing economies.
The course provides knowledge in:
- designing theory based cross-cultural/ international studies
- conducting cross-cultural research
- quantitative and qualitative cross-cultural comparative methodology
- doing cross-cultural collaborative research
- doing research in transitional and developing economies
- doing research outside your own home country
After the course the participants are familiar with relevant methodological literature on cross-cultural methods. They are able to use the literature as a guideline for their own methodological choices. The participants will understand the difficulties but also the opportunities of conducting cross-cultural research. The participants will receive knowledge, understanding and preparedness to independently develop skills in conducing empirical cross-cultural research.
Instruction and examination: In order to pass the course you are required to
- read literature for each session (see the preliminary program)
- be active during the sessions
- send in for all participants one page research proposal with emphasis on methods ONE week before the start of the course
- prepare 3 ppt slides for your brief research proposal presentation in the beginning of the course, include a figure summarizing your project
- hand in a revised research proposal focusing on cross-cultural methods one month after the course that reflects ALL the course literature (articles, books, and slides) as well as other information given during the course (ca. 15 pages)
- in order to get credits you need to pass all the above parts of the course
Credits: 6 ECTS
Grading: 1-5 (1=pass; 2=satisfying; 3=good; 4=very good; 5=excellent)
Prerequisites: Doctoral students and post doctoral researchers who are conducting or are aiming to conduct comparative cross-national/cultural or international research. The participants should be doctoral students or faculty members of universities of KATAJA or cooperation partners of KATAJA.
Admittance: Apply through the EIASM course website:
Instructors: – Professor Hartmut H. Holzmueller, TU Dortmund University, Germany: Culture theory, multi-centric team management, experiences from cross-cultural research, qualitative/ explorative research methodology
– Professor Edwin Nijssen, Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands: Research designs, use of borrowed scales, experiences from cross-cultural research
– Professor Thomas Salzberger, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Austria: Measurement theory, emic and etic methodology, quantitative/ confirmative cross-cultural research
Course coordinator and contact information: The course coordinator is Professor Jorma Larimo ( email@example.com) and for practical arrangements, please, be in contact with Tiina Leposky ( firstname.lastname@example.org) at the Department of Marketing of the University of Vaasa.