Quantitative Approaches to Business Research

Time: 18.05.2015 – 22.05.2015

Place: Hanken School of Economics, Helsinki


Learning goal and objectives: The aim of the course is to introduce students in Management and Business Studies to statistical methods for analysing multivariate data. After completing the course, the student is able to undertake high-quality quantitative research in Management and Business Studies, including International Business, Logistics, Management, Marketing and Strategy.


Instruction: The course consists of 20 hours of lectures and practical exercise sessions. The course includes in addition 10 hours of supervised project work when the student works on his or her own project under the supervision of the teachers in the course. The course is mainly devoted to the multiple linear regression model, exploratory factor analysis and logistic regression. Poisson and negative binomial regression models will be considered if time permits. The emphasis is on the practical use of statistical models in quantitative research. The statistical software SPSS will be extensively used in the course.


Course requirements: It is advisable that the participating Phd students already have collected some data, as this will be used in the analysis exercises during the course.


Target group:The course is targeted towards (but not limited to) doctoral students in International Business, Logistics, Management, Marketing, Strategy and other fields of Management and Business Studies. The maximum number of students admitted to the course is 25. Should applications exceed the limit, selection will be based on the relevance of the course to progress in the applicants’ thesis research.


Credits: 6 Credits



• Basics of statistical inference
• The multiple linear regression model: Specification, Estimation and Evaluation
• Exploratory factor analysis
• Logistic regression
• Poisson and negative binomial regression (if there is time)

•Field, Andy (2013). Discovering Statistics using IBM SPSS Statistics. SAGE Publications, London. Fourth Edition.
•A collection of journal articles


Admittance: Application deadline 01.04.2015

Fill in the form below and send it to the course coordinator ( niklas.ahlgren@hanken.fi)






University, faculty and department :


Officially accepted as Ph.D. student (when and where?):

Are you a member of a graduate school, where?:

Complited methodology studies:

Research field:

Subject or title of dissertation:

Methodological approach of the study:

Phase of the dissertation (do you have own empirical data, have you analyzed it and if yes, how?):

Summary of the objectives, research questions and methodologies (approx. 500 words):

Your own objectives for participating the course:


Instructors: Professor Niklas Ahlgren, Hanken School of Economics, Dr. Paul Catani


Course coordinator and contact person: Professor Niklas Ahlgren, Hanken School of Economics