Guided Research Proposal Writing


Course Objective

Upon completion of this course, students will have:
• Developed their ability to conceive a substantial and feasible
empirical research project that addresses a question concerned with
contemporary business and society issues, that is original for a
field of studies, and that makes a scholarly contribution to this field.
• Developed further their skills at responding to the critical judgments
by others within the scholarly business and management community, and
learn from these critical judgments improving therefore students’ own
research work.
• Developed further their skills at communicating verbally and in
writing about a proposed business research project with experts.
• Developed further an independent, academic and critical attitude and
way of working.

Course Content

The goal of this course is two-fold. It aims both at writing a research
proposal (e.g., as preparation for your MSc thesis) and at developing
skills to identify external support for research projects, especially
from dedicated funding organizations, such as NWO and the EU, but
also from business and society organizations (for funding
and/or collaboration in data collection).

During the course the students need to complete a research proposal
according to the template used by ABRI for its PhD positions (which is
similar to the format used by NWO and other funding organizations).
The proposals may be submitted as part of the application for a PhD

Teaching Methods

Interactive and feedback sessions. Students should, already in the first
session, be prepared to briefly (verbally) present their initial
ideas for first feedback, and deliver a further developed first draft in
writing at the beginning of week three.

Method of Assessment

The final grade consists of an assessment of the written research
proposal and of the presentation of the research proposal and active
class participation.

Target Audience

Due to the entry requirements of the programme, the courses of the
Research Master Business in Society are only available for students
registered for this master’s programme and, upon approval of the
programme director, to other Research Master programmes or PhD students.

Recommended background knowledge

Successful completion of the 1st year of the research master.

General Information

Course Code E_BIS_GRPW
Credits 6 EC
Period P2
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. P.R. Tuertscher
Examiner dr. P.R. Tuertscher
Teaching Staff dr. P.R. Tuertscher

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture
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