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Business research methods including statistical and qualitative approaches are introduced. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake academic and professional research in the field of business.
This course prepares students to carry out business consulting projects for organisational clients under the supervision of an academic. The course is constructed around the needs of participants and their supervisors and clients. It starts with how and why to conduct inquiries for officials of a client organisation and the relationship between the student consultant and the client in the organisation. The course covers the design and implementation of the project, including working with clients and in a consulting team. It covers methods for deriving questions and issues that form the basis of the projects, for conducting inquiries and processing empirical materials, and for presenting and reporting findings and recommendations. The course incorporates reflecting on these as learning experiences to be capitalised on in the future. The organisational research methods include both quantitative and qualitative approaches. Students will develop the knowledge and skills required to undertake academic and professional research in the field of organisations and business administration.
Having engaged in learning during the course, a student will be able to:* Deal with officials of client organisations and take account of their needs, but with an eye on ethical and broader considerations* Form suitable professional relations with academic supervisors* Develop ideas and business problems into a potential consulting project* Conduct exploratory work and formulate a plan for the project* Conduct document analysis and process empirical materials obtained through such analysis* Construct a theoretical sample and use the sample in order to gather empirical materials* Construct a snowball sample and use the sample in order to gather empirical materials* Conduct interviews and process in oral and written form empirical materials obtained through interviews* Participate in an organisational setting and process in oral and written form empirical materials obtained during such participation* Observe in an organisational setting and process in oral and written form empirical materials obtained during such observation* Conduct focus groups and process in oral and written form empirical materials obtained from focus groups* Converse in an organisational setting and process in oral and written form empirical materials obtained through conversations* Analyse, interpret and synthesise empirical materials* Write a consulting project report* Present the findings and recommendations of a consulting project to a small client audience* Apply such generic skills as team working, negotiation, communicating, analysing qualitative data, reflective thinking and developing professionally.
Subject to the approval of the Programme Director
Students must attend one activity from each section.
and Andrea Menclova
To be announced
Domestic fee $1,231.00
International Postgraduate fees
* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, and do not include any programme level discount or additional course-related expenses.
This course will not be offered if fewer than 10 people apply to enrol.
For further information see
Business Taught Masters Programmes on the department and colleges page.