Scientific Methods: Research Design and Meth. Choices for Accounting and Business and Management Science (not offered)

MET527 Scientific Methods: Research Design and Meth. Choices for Accounting and Business and Management Science (not offered)

Autumn 2021

  • Topics

    The purpose of this course is to enhance and reinforce knowledge and understanding of the decisions needed to design a research study.  Hence, students should develop skills needed to formulate research questions, develop a design for answering those questions, and then implement and evaluate the evidence received from the research effort.  The class will cover a number of research strategies and issues that might be part of a research project.  Although different research strategies will be more relevant to some disciplines than others; a broader view of the research process should enable students to identify strengths and weaknesses of research efforts in various areas.  Thus, the goal of the course is to provide the student with an understanding of the concept of a philosophy of science, to improve the student’s research skills, to discuss issues related to researcher ethics and to expose students to a variety of research they may encounter in their professional careers.

    The course will cover research related to:

    • Empirical
      • Experimental data
      • Observational data
    • Theory/Modeling
      • Positive analysis
      • Normative analysis
    • Qualitative Analysis
      • Case studies
      • Interviews

  • Learning outcome

    After completing this course, the student can:


    • Account for the main positions in philosophy of science and the role of philosophy of science in current practice
    • Evaluate the appropriateness and application of different methods and processes in research and scholarly development projects
    • Contribute to the development of new methods, interpretations and forms of documentation in the field


    • Formulate problems, plan and carry out research
    • Critically carry out research and produce scholarly research of a high quality nature
    • Assess academic issues and challenge established knowledge and practice in the field
    • Critically assess measurement of constructs used in research
    • Perform analysis of the quality of a given research project for the purpose it has been designed

    General competence:

    • Carry out research with scholarly integrity
    • Critically assess the relationship between problem formulation and research design
    • Assess and understand the role and limitations of design in the testing for causal and associational relationships

  • Teaching

    Intensive course.  The course will be conducted as a blend of lectures and discussion of selected parts of the course material, as well as critical evaluations of selected empirical studies.  In addition, the participants own research problems will be addressed.

  • Requirements for course approval

    The student is expected to participate in class.

  • Assessment

    To pass the course, the student is expected to make one brief presentation to the class (20%), write a commentary on one paper in a department research seminar (20%) and write a individual term paper (60%) at the conclusion of the course on a topic agreed upon during the class.

  • Grading Scale

    The course will be taught on a pass/fail basis. 

  • Literature

    Active participation in the class is expected, including discussion of selected parts of the course materials.  The main text for the course will be Julian Reiss, Philosophy of Economics, Routledge, NY, 2013. The course material will also include research papers, which discuss methodological issues or exemplify the various scientific methods which are used in the relevant field.

    A complete list of readings will be available prior to the course.


ECTS Credits

Spring. Not offered spring 2021.

May be offered next time spring 2022

Course responsible

Iris Stuart, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law Frøystein Gjesdal, Department of Accounting, Auditing and Law Floris Zoutman, Department of Business and Management Science