EIASM Qualitative Methods in Business Research

Time and place: 17.-20.5.2022, online course

Learning goal and objectives:

The objectives are three-fold: to broaden the participants’ basic knowledge and skills within the qualitative research, to show the variety within the existing qualitative approaches and analytical methods, and to identify methods and methodologies suitable for doctoral research projects.

The course will give a wide overview to qualitative methods and is helpful for doctoral students by assisting in decision making, and selection concerning methods and methodologies, data gathering and analysis. Futhermore, the course helps students in shaping up and building the analysis plans of the data. The virtual course is based on zoom meetings, interaction and tuition that takes place on-line and off-line.

The course has several educational objectives. The first objective is to broaden the participants’ knowledge concerning the various qualitative approaches, as well as to outline their potential for doctoral dissertations in the area of business research in various European countries. The third objective is to help students to identify appropriate qualitative methodologies and methods for their own doctoral research projects. The objective of enhancing publication process based on doctoral thesis is among the educational objectives on the course.

Instruction and examination:

The course is built on prior reading, consultative discussions and hands-on-exercises on how to do qualitative research. The course consists of intensive work with small exercises, with focus on practical empirical analyses, individual consultations on doctoral student’s own thesis structure, empirical data and analysis plans, lectures and on-line discussion during meetings.

Assignments during the on-line course:

The course is in virtual format. The course is based on pre-assignments and assignments made during and after the course. The assignments consist of readings, hands-on exercises, individual consultation, dialogue and collective learning. Teachers’ will discuss with each participant’s methodological and methodical questions throughout the course in individual consultations.

Credits: 6 ECTS

Grading: The course will be graded on a scale from excellent, very good, good, satisfactory to sufficient. Evaluation is based on individual assignments.

Prerequisites: The course is designed for doctoral students who use qualitative approaches in their own doctoral dissertation. The course is suitable at the early stages of the doctoral studies although basic knowledge of qualitative research is required in order to be able to follow the course.

Admittance: 25 students are admitted to the course.

Application period: 1.1.-15.2.2022

Acceptance by: tba

Interested doctoral students should apply online and add the required documents no later than February 15, 2022. Application is done via EIASM website (https://www.eiasm.org/frontoffice/eden_announcement.asp?event_id=1585%20), including following 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 and methods and data plans

Besides doctoral students, other researchers may participate. The number of participants will be limited to create a stimulating environment. The selection among the applicants will be conducted by the Faculty.

The normal participation fee for an EDEN seminar is 900 € (VAT exempt). This fee includes participation to the seminar, the documents.

As part of the collaboration between KATAJA and EIASM, the participation fee is waived for 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.  No additional student funding, on top of the fee, is covered by KATAJA.

EIASM Scholarships

The Institute offers a substantial reduction of the participation fee per member institution. 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.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations made before April 15, 2022 will be reimbursed with 10% deduction of the total fee. No reimbursement will be possible after this date.

Instructors: Prof. Anne Kovalainen, Adj.prof., senior research fellow Seppo Poutanen, Prof. em. David Silverman.

Course coordinator and contact information: Marja Rautajoki at marja.i.rautajoki@utu.fi.