Introduction to research methods

MET531 Introduction to research methods

Autumn 2024

  • Topics

    This course introduces relevant research methods for research in strategy and management. It covers both quantitative and qualitative research traditions. The course gives a brief introduction to basic research methods to enable students to interpret research results and findings from the various methods and evaluate the results in terms of meaning, substance and limitations. The course forms the basis of students' informed decision to follow a more advanced course in either qualitative or quantitative methods in the spring term. 

  • Learning outcome

    After completion of the course, the students will be able to:


    • Interpret research results from qualitative and quantitative research methods
    • Evaluate results from qualitative and quantitative research methods


    • Extract and communicate key findings from qualitative and quantitative research.
    • Evaluate appropriate strategies for data collection and data analysis within qualitative and quantitative research.
    • Formulate appropriate research questions for qualitative and quantitative methods.

    General competencies

    • Communicate and discuss qualitative and quantitative research in a clear-cut manner.

  • Teaching

    Teaching is based on active participation of the students

    Day 1 focuses on Qualitative Methods and the students are expected to take responsibility as "experts" on assigned papers. 

    Day 2 follows the same format but focuses on Quantitative Methods. 

    Day 3 is a half-day workshop format to get students started on their term paper.

  • Restricted access

    • PhD candidates at NHH.
    • PhD candidates at Norwegian institutions.
    • PhD candidates at other institutions.
    • PhD candidates from the ENGAGE.EU alliance.
    • Motivated master student's may be admitted after application but are subject to the approval from the course responsible on a case by case basis.
    • Motivated master's students at  NHH  may be admitted after application, but are subject to the approval from the course responsible on a case by case basis.
    • Individuals outside academia may be admitted after application, but are subject to the approval from the course responsible and the Vice Rector for Research on a case by case basis.

    Maximum number of participants: 20

  • Recommended prerequisites

    No prerequisites.

  • Credit reduction due to overlap


  • Compulsory Activity

    Active participation in class sessions and workshops.

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

  • Assessment

    The final course grade (AF) is based on the individual course paper (max 10 pages).

    The course paper includes two parts: (1) the students should find two substantive empirical research papers - one qualitative and one quantitative - within their own field of interest and use terminology and criteria in the course to critically reflect on the two studies' findings and contribution to the field (75%) (2) the students will be asked to reflect on their takeaways from this course, eg tied to a specific aspect/issue (25%) 

    Students will have 3 weeks to complete the individual course paper and it must be written in English. 

    Re-take is offered the semester after the course was offered for students with valid compulsory activities (work requirements).

  • Grading Scale

    Grading scale: AF

  • Literature

    The literature consists of research articles that will be posted on Leganto in Canvas.


ECTS Credits
Teaching language

Autumn. Offered autumn 2024.

Course responsible

Professor Inger Stensaker, Department of Strategy and Management (main course responsible)

Associate Professor Nhat Quang Le, Department of Strategy and Management