Stockholm university logo, link to start page
Gå till denna sida på svenska webben

Research Methods in Business and Organisation Studies

The course focuses business studies approaches and methods, literature studies, applications of theories and concepts and the reviewing of business research.

Learning activities consist of lectures, seminars, group projects, academic writing and individual readings. The lectures address issues related to the topics problematization, literature review, methodology and method, case study research, discourse analysis and academic writing. The seminars are devoted to writing, discussing and applying these themes.

The overarching aim of the course is to provide basic insights into business studies, its methodologies and methods, and in the use of its theories and concepts; creating thereby a scientific basis for writing a bachelor's thesis.


  • Course structure

    The course workload is 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).


    Teaching format

    The course combines lectures, seminars, group work and a significant portion of self-study on the part of students. The language of instruction is Swedish or English.


    Assessment for the course will be continuous and is carried throughout the different course activities. Each assessment task is weighted in relation to its importance in the overall assessment of the course. The student’s results (points) from the different assessment tasks are added up to a total course score that will then translate into the final grade for the course.

    Assessment tasks
    The course contains the following three weighted assessment tasks:

    • Thesis proposal: a take home exam written in pairs (the re-sit is written individually).
    • Review of a bachelor’s thesis: an individually written take home exam.
    • Seminar attendance and a peer review written in pairs.

    After completion of the course, students will receive grades on a scale related to the intended learning outcomes of the course. Passing grades are A, B, C, D and E. Failing grades are Fx and F. A grade Fx can be completed for a grade E

  • Schedule

    The schedule will be available no later than one month before the start of the course. We do not recommend print-outs as changes can occur. At the start of the course, your department will advise where you can find your schedule during the course.
  • Course literature

    Note that the course literature can be changed up to two months before the start of the course.

    See reading list in the current syllabus. 

    See syllabus for reading list
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Carl Cederström