Introduction to Research Methods
Part 1: Introduction Quantitative Analysis (compulsory) - Survey design and measurement, Introduction to statistics; hypothesis testing, t-tests, ANOVA, Regression Analysis and Factor Analysis.
Part 2: Introduction Qualitative Analysis (compulsory) - This part of the module will be concerned with epistemological issues as well as the collection and analysis of qualitative data.
Further Qualitative Research Methods
The module covers in-depth exploration of qualitative research methodology including methods of collection and analysis of data. To include, for example, qualitative case studies, ethnography, grounded theory and discursive approaches.
Further Quantitative Research Methods
The module includes matrix algebra, differential calculus, multiple regressions, time series, qualitative response and panel data models.
Choose two from the following list:
Corporate Financial Strategy
The module covers the traditional content of a Corporate Finance course: Investment, Capital structure, and Divident Decisions From a Shareholder Value Perspective; Capital Market Behaviour (background); Mergers; Real Options.
The module covers the nature of organisational economics - applying economics to understand business organisation: the transaction cost approach; principal-agent models, pre-contractual opportunism, post-contractual opportunism and applications to corporate governance; executive pay; the wage premium; internal job markets; the horizontal boundaries of the firm and the "make versus buy decision"; Economic Foundations of Corporate Governance; and Economic Foundations of Corporate Strategy.
Managing People and Organisations
Classic management topics and critical reflections on management knowledge:
- People in organisations - theories of motivation and of team development, and their contemporary relevance
- Organisational processes - theories and models for managing organisational culture, strategic change, across cultures and diversity, and learning and leadership
- Critical perspectives on management knowledge - from disciplinary knowledge to the meaning of work, comparative management and its prospects, and from application of classic theory to emerging dialogues in a global age
Choose at least three modules from the following list:
Behavioural Economics and Decision Making
The module is split into two parts. The first part focuses upon the methods and models associated with behaviour. These sessions will introduce key concepts in bounded rational behaviour and apply these to specific economics models and financial markets.
The second part of the module concentrates on designing your own experiment and interpreting empirical results. You will analyse studies of bounded rational behaviour, labour markets, asset markets, experimental behavioural finance, social dilemmas, preferences, public goods, reciprocity, bargaining and contests.
The module will be interactive, you will undertake experiments and analyse results.
Contemporary Developments in HRM/OB
The module examines core contemporary topics in OB/HRM to highlight theory and provide you with a business context within which to understand the topic.
Topics include challenges organisations face in creating and retaining knowledge, developing talent across all the major functions, managing multi-cultural teams at the domestic and international context, the impact of the global economy on employees, reconciling individual expectations and the exigencies of the business world, and employment law.
The module covers the following:
- Perspectives on corporate governance
- Instruments of governance; active shareholders, board of directors, organisational and financial structure, executive remuneration
- The market for corporate control
- Government and governance
- Comparison of national approaches to governance
The module covers:
- strategic analysis
- industry analysis
- creating and sustaining competitive advantage
- strategic decision making
- strategy practice and implementation
- strategy and organisation
- strategic leadership
The module covers financial reports, regulation of financial reporting; creative accounting; techniques of accounting analysis; standard setting; relationship to capital; auditing and accounting research.
This module examines contemporary developments in the theory and practice of international financial management. It includes analysis of foreign exchange markets and international financial markets, including international banking and the Euromarkets.
Emphasis is placed on discussion of risk management techniques to protect against both currency and political risks. Both long term international investment and financing decisions and short-term exporting decisions form part of the course.
Market Relationships: A Strategic Approach
Content is as follows:
- What is a Market? A service ecosystem approach to understanding markets
- Organisational buying behaviour and market structures
- How do markets work? Creating and shaping new markets and maintaining market dynamics
- Market relations and sustainable competitive advantage
- Forming business networks: business network partnership attraction
- Business-to-Business marketing strategies
- Innovation in business networks
- Managing business networks: communication, coordination and learning in business networks
- Strategic Market Relations in the Digital World
- Branding and building loyalty: value co-creation in network partnerships
New Product/Service Development and Management
The ability to develop and manage new product and services is crucial for the long-term survival of the firm and lies at the heart of the marketing concept. This module is designed to develop an appreciation of the latest theory and practice in the management and development of new products and services. This module will explore the strategic role of new product/services in creating a competitive advantage and the associated strategic management decisions.
The importance of understanding the dynamic changing marketing environment and the role of market learning in the development processes will be explored. In addition the uses of traditional and non-traditional market research approaches for identifying customer needs are examined. New product and service development processes will be evaluated. This includes the ideation process, user involvement and role of creativity. Finally the module will focus on launch management and marketing communications.
Venture Capital and Private Equity
The module covers venture capital and private equity provide risk capital to firms at various stages of their life-cycle. This involves selecting investments, structuring deals, valuation of investment opportunities, leveraged buyouts (LBOs), managing portfolio firms, and exit.
The modules we offer are inspired by the research interests of our staff and as a result may change for reasons of, for example, research developments or legislation changes. This list is an example of typical modules we offer, not a definitive list.