Methodological Issues In Organizational Research: Experimental Investigation, Qualitative Methodes, Field Studies and Case Studies



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Part of degree program


Recommended in

Semester 1-4

Typically offered in

Autumn/Spring semester

Course description

The scientific study of organizations raises methodological problems: what are the criteria of organizational theory’s validity, how can organizational theory be tested and what is the unit of research in organizations? How can manifest or latent determinants of decision making be understood? How can the problems of sample size and representativity be addressed, how can the multi sided organizational context be taken into account? The criteria, the appropriate methods and the measurement of the efficient OD practices also require considered analysis. Psychology of decision making is traditionally studied by laboratory methods. It is debatable whether results from such experiments could be extrapolated to apply to real life situations where dynamic changes occur, where context is always important and time pressures are present. In real situations decisions influence the short or long term wellbeing of the actors and others, and the decision maker is accountable for his/her decisions The aim of the course is to study these methodological problems, and critically analyze available solutions.

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