Introduction to Research Designs and Methodological Choices: Accounting track

MET530 Introduction to Research Designs and Methodological Choices: Accounting track

Autumn 2024

Spring 2024
  • Topics

    The purpose of the course is to enhance and reinforce knowledge and understanding of the various steps in the research process based on their own research problem.

    This course will provide an overview of different research designs often used in the business studies, which are related to qualitative, and quantitative methodologies. The main aim of the course is to strengthen the participants abilities to create adequate research designs in their own research endeavors, and to actively assess the design choices. All participants are expected to actively participate in discussions which are part of the course.

    During the course, different designs will be presented and discussed, with respect to:

    • What type of research questions can be examined / answered in the various research designs;
    • What are their possible units of analysis, data sets and methodologies;
    • What are their strengths and limitations

  • Learning outcome

    Upon course completion, students are able to:


    • demonstrate understanding of different research designs and their epistemological foundations
    • can recognize methodological implications of the various designs in general terms
    • are able to compare and assess strengths and limitations of published research that employ different research designs to approach related problems
    • are able to position their own research design in the broader research traditions of accounting/business studies


    • formulate adequate research problems for their own research project
    • critically assess methodological choices relevant for their own research project (dissertation)
    • develop and formulate researchable research problems
    • can carry out research and scholarly research work of a high international standard

    General competence

    •  can communicate and discuss research with a peer audience.

  • Teaching

    The pedagogical approach for this course centers around seminars, where we will adress central topics relevant for writing a research proposal. The candidate will also have to present the research proposal in class.

  • Restricted access

    • PhD students at NHH
    • PhD students at other Norwegian institutions

  • Recommended prerequisites


  • Required prerequisites


  • Compulsory Activity

    Presentation of research proposal.

    Compulsory activities (work requirements) are valid for one semesters after the semester they were obtained.

  • Assessment

    Individual written research proposal.

    If the proposal is not accepted the student will get a revise and resubmit. If the proposal after changes still not is accepted the candidate has to re-take the course.  

    In other words, re-take is offered the semester after the course was offered for students who signed up for the initial evaluation.

  • Grading Scale


  • Computer tools

    No special.

  • Literature

    Selected articles. The program with complete list of readings will be available in due time prior to the course starts.


ECTS Credits

Autumn. Offered autumn 2024.

Course responsible

Professor Katarina Kaarbøe, (main course responsible), Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law.

Associate professor Arthur Stenzel, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law.