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Qualitative Research Methods I

Exam number: PhD course

Semester: from 1st semester

Duration of the module: One semester

Form of the module (i.e. obligatory, elective etc.): Elective

Frequency of module offer: Once in three years

Prerequisites: Only for PhD and selected Master candidates. Master candidates can apply until the 1st of April 2017 with a motivational letter to

Applicability of module for other study programmes:
Obligatory or elective in other study programmes. For further information check regulations of the study programme.

Person responsible for module: Prof. Dr. Jochen Koch

Name of the professor: Prof. Dr. Jochen Koch

Language of teaching: German and English

ECTS-Credits (based on the workload): 6

Workload and its composition (self-study, contact time):
Contact time (Lecture, tutorial etc.): 30 h; self-study: 150 h

Contact hours (per week in semester): 2

Methods and duration of examination:
Presentation, Essay

Emphasis of the grade for the final grade: Please check regulations of the study programme

Aim of the module (expected learning outcomes and competencies to be acquired):
1. To familiarize students with the epistemological background of (empirical) research.
2. To sensitize students to the challenges of qualitative research.
3. To enable students to develop their own research design.
4. To enable students to evaluate and interpret the quality of qualitative research designs.

Contents of the module:
- Epistemological foundations
- Case study research
- Developing a research design
- Collecting and analyzing qualitative data

Teaching and learning methods:
Prep reading, participation and discussion, presentation, essay

Literature (compulsory reading, recommended literature):
Yin, R. K. 2009. Case study research: Design and methods (5 ed.), Thousand Oaks: Sage Publications.
Alvesson, M. 2003. Beyond neopositivists, romantics, and localists: A reflexive approach to interviews in organizational research, Academy of Management Review: 28(1): 13-33.
Balogun, J., Huff, A.S. and Johnson, P. (2003). Three responses to the methodological challenges of studying strategizing, Journal of Management Studies, 40(1), 197-224.
Dyer Jr., W. G., and A. L. Wilkins. 1991. Better Stories, Not Better Constructs, to Generate Better Theory: A Rejoinder to Eisenhardt, Academy of Management Review 16(3): 613-19.
Eisenhardt, K. M. 1989. Building Theories from Case Study Research. Academy of Management Review, 14(4): 532-550.
Eisenhardt, K. 1991. Better Stories and Better Constructs: The Case for Higher and Comparative Logic, Academy of Management Review, 16(3): 620-27.
Eisenhardt, K. M., & Graebner, M. E. 2007. Theory building from cases: opportunities and challenges, Academy of Management Journal, 50(1): 25-32.
Glaser, B., & Strauss, A. 1967. The discovery of grounded theory: Strategies of qualitative research. London: Wiedenfeld & Nicholson.
Langley, A. 1999. Strategies for theorizing from process data. Academy of Management Review, 24: 691-710.
Miles, M.B., A.M. Huberman. 1994. Qualitative data analysis. Thousand Oaks CA. Sage.
Pettigrew, A. 1990. Longitudinal field research on change theory and practice, Organization Science 1(3), 267-92.
Suddaby, R. 2006. What grounded theory is not, Academy of Management Journal, 49: 633-642.

Further information:
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