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Advanced Research Methods in Accounting and Operations Management

The course aims at preparing the student for writing a master’s thesis.

The goal is that the student, after having passed the course, should be well acquainted with different, quantitative as well as qualitative, methods of conducting empirically based research in the social sciences. The course demonstrates how scientific method can be chosen and performed depending on different research questions. Against this background, the student should be able to design and carry out an investigation based on a chosen problem.

The course deals with the following main issues:

  • Formulation of research questions
  • Choice of method and research design
  • Collection of empirical data
  • Theory-based analysis
  • Scientific writing
  • Scrutiny of scientific investigations

The course contains lectures, seminars, group assignments, presentations and discussions of own work as well as critical scrutiny and discussion of the work of peer groups. In the course of the seminar work, the student will be given the opportunity for deepened knowledge in research methodology with different epistemological and methodological points of departure.


  • Course structure

    Teaching format

    The course consists of a combination of lectures, seminars, group assignments and, to a large extent, selfstudies. Assessment for the course will be continuous and is based upon the different course items.
    The course workload comprises 200 hours equivalent to 7,5 ECTS (40 hours per week equivalent to 1,5 ECTS).
    The language of instruction is 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 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 weighted assessment tasks:
    1. Individual and group assignments.
    2. Peer-review of assignments.
    3. Attendance and participation.

    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.

  • Course reports

  • Contact

    Course coordinator:

    Head of course: Olga Golubeva