Entrepreneurship Research Skills


Course Objective

Upon having successfully passed this course, the student will have
• profound knowledge of the empirical research methods that are central
to study entrepreneurship;
• the knowledge required to assess which research method(s) should be
employed to answer a given research question / to meet a particular
research aim;
• the ability to, based on this knowledge, set up and execute scientific
research and reflect on the research executed, both individually and in
a team;
• the attitude of an independent and critical academic, who is able to
bridge boundaries between concepts and methods and is able to reflect on
his/her own learning process.

Course Content

This course prepares students for their master thesis project. Building
on the knowledge
acquired in the previous period, this course provides students with the
knowledge and skills
required for applying and extending this knowledge in empirical
research. The primary focus
of the course is to refresh and extend student’s ability to conduct
empirical research using
qualitative and quantitative techniques. The course specifically deals
- research design
- sampling
- qualitative data collections
- qualitative data analysis
- reporting of qualitative data analyses
- quantitative data collection
- quantitative data analysis
- reporting of quantitative data analyses

Teaching Methods

The basic structure of the course consists of plenary lecture sessions
and tutorials. Each tutorial session is connected to an assignment and
the course will be concluded with an exam.

Method of Assessment

The assessment consists of three parts:
• assignments: individual lecture preparation assignments and tutorial
assignments, to be done in teams: 40% of the final grade;
• written final examination, computer-based, consisting of open
questions: 50% of the final grade. To get a sufficient grade for the
course, you need to have at least a 5.0 on average for the assignments
and at least a 5.0 for the final examination. Of course, the total
average should be 5.5 or more to be sufficient.
• during this course you will write your thesis proposal, which will be
graded on a pass or fail basis by your thesis supervisor and counts for
10% of the individual grade of this course.

Entry Requirements

The knowledge and ability to recognize, utilize, and combine multiple
theoretical perspectives
towards entrepreneurship, as well as a profound academic knowledge of
the background,
nature, and central concepts within the entrepreneurship research
domain. An academic
intellectual working standard (including experience in academic
writing), and a sound
knowledge of research methodology, in combination with sufficient
analytical and statistical skills and knowledge.
Specific required prior knowledge is thorough knowledge of the following
textbooks (or similar):
• Blumberg, B., Cooper, D.R., & Schindler, P.S. (2014). Business
Research Methods (4th
European ed.). London: McGrawHill.
• Field, A. (2009). Discovering Statistics using SPSS. London: Sage.
• Eriksson, P. & A. Kovalainen (2008). Qualitative Methods in Business
Research. London:
• Wooldridge, J.M. (2013). Introductory Econometrics: A Modern Approach,
International Edition. South Western: Cengage Learning.


- Blumberg, B., Cooper, D.R., & Schindler, P.S. (2014). Business
Research Methods (4th
European ed.). London: McGrawHill. Chapters 1, 5, 6, 8, 10, 11.
- Cumming, G. (2012). Understanding The New Statistics. New York: Taylor
& Francis.
(Digital edition available in the UvA University library:
Chapters 1-5.
- Davidsson, P. (2004). Researching Entrepreneurship. New York:
Springer. (Digital edition
available in the VU University library:
316100692). Chapters 4, 5, 6, 9.
- Edmondson, A. C., & McManus, S. E. (2007). Methodological fit in
management field
research. Academy of Management Review, 32(4), 1155–1179.
- Eisenhardt, K. M., & Graebner, M. E. (2007). Theory building from
cases: Challenges and
opportunities. Academy of Management Journal, 50, 25-32.
- Gioia, D. A., Corley, K. G., & Hamilton, A. L. (2013). Seeking
qualitative rigor in inductive
research Notes on the Gioia ethodology. Organizational Research Methods,
16(1), 15–31.
- Pindyck, R.S. and D.L. Rubinfeld Wooldridge, J.M. (1998). Econometric
Models and
Economic Forecasts, 4th International Edition. McGraw-Hill. Chapters

Target Audience

A valid registration in the MSc Entrepreneurship

Additional Information

This course is only available for students registered for the Master's
programme Master's in Entrepreneurship. For quality reasons, the course
cannot admit other students.

This course is organised by both VU and UvA. The course coordinator is
Dr. J.C. van Burg (VU).

Please go to http://rooster.uva.nl → URL

General Information

Course Code E_ENT_ERS
Credits 6 EC
Period P4
Course Level 400
Language of Tuition English
Faculty School of Business and Economics
Course Coordinator dr. ir. J.C. van Burg
Examiner dr. ir. J.C. van Burg
Teaching Staff dr. J. Sol

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

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