Research in Business Administration - Management Consulting


Course Objective

The course “Research in Business Administration: Management Consulting”
aims to help students develop a research question and to make an
informed decision regarding the research design and analysis for
answering that question. The course is thus designed to support you in
working on your Master Thesis.
Additionally, the course aims to provide general knowledge about the
main methods used in academic research and business practice. We provide
you with the opportunity to further develop your research skills. As
such, we will discuss the core elements of quantitative and qualitative
research projects: develop a research question, conducting a
high-quality literature review, collecting and analyzing qualitative and
quantitative data, drawing conclusions and writing up the findings.
It is important to note that students will work on both qualitative and
quantitative research projects, because both are crucial for academic
research and for working as a management consultant.

Course Content

The course “Research in Business Administration: Management Consulting”
consists of lectures that provide insights into qualitative and
quantitative research methods, and explain how to conduct a literature
review and how to discuss the implications of the findings. We recommend
all students to attend the lectures, because knowledge about qualitative
and quantitative research methods is also required when working as a
management consultant!
The course also consists of work groups in which the content of the
lectures is discussed in greater depth.

Teaching Methods


Method of Assessment

Individual assignment
Group assignment


The reading list will be announced prior the start of the course.

Explanation Canvas

Course materials will be published on Canvas.

Recommended background knowledge

This is an advanced course and it is expected that you have a Bachelor-
or Pre-Master-level knowledge of research methods and techniques. We
expect you to have revised and refreshed previous coursework in the area
of research methods, techniques and tools. The goal is to consolidate
your knowledge and learn how to apply what you know to concrete research
tasks, such as those that you will encounter in your thesis trajectory.
If you feel your knowledge in a particular area is insufficient,
consider taking additional instructions (online or offline).

General Information

Course Code E_BA_RBSMC
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. J. Sieweke
Examiner dr. J. Sieweke
Teaching Staff

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Study Group
Target audiences

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