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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 teaching consists of lectures, seminars and group work, and requires a significant portion of self-study on the part of students.

    The course workload is 200 hours, equivalent to 7,5 higher education credits.

    The language of instruction is Swedish or English.

    The teaching takes place on campus and online.

    For more detailed course information, see the study guide, published on the learning platform no later than one month before the course commences.


    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.

    Read more about the assessments in the syllabus for the course.

  • 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.
  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator: Victoria Bergman

    Head of course: Rickard Grassman