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Conducting and Publishing Interpretive Research

Course code
Course type
Doctoral Program Lecture
Weekly Hours
HS 2023
Prof. Dr. Jane Le
Please note that exchange students obtain a higher number of credits in the BSc-program at WHU than listed here. For further information please contact directly the International Relations Office.

This advanced course builds on a basic understanding of research paradigms and families to develop hands-on research skills for interpretive qualitative researchers. Designed specifically to complement the core course in Qualitative Research Methods, the course picks up on some of the overarching themes and pursues them in greater depth through practical application. The course is structured around three core areas: (1) data collection and generation, (2) emerging findings from data, and (3) crafting convincing chapters and papers.

Learning topics include:

  • Setting up a qualitative research project
  • Data collection and generation
  • Choosing tools
  • Seeking themes and patterns
  • Capturing and crafting methods
  • Practical publishing

The course will thus cycle through a number of applied topics, including scouting potential research sites, negotiating access, building and maintaining a project database, accessing specific types of data, template approaches and starting points, analytic techniques, and navigating the journal review process.

The primary objective of this course is to provide students with an understanding of the basic principles of interpretive qualitative research methods. The approaches and practices demonstrated in this course are applicable in many research, organizational and business settings that students may enter. The principal aims of the course are:

· to provide students with a broad and critical understanding of the key approaches and practices in interpretive research methods

· to stimulate both appreciation for and consideration of current theory and practice in interpretive research methods

· to allow students to reflect on their own experience, extrapolate and develop better interpretive research skills

· to prepare students for future roles in which they need to work with interpretive qualitative data and findings

Selected lecture slides will be made available as PDF files and are downloadable from www.mywhu.com. Journal articles are available electronically via the library. There is No Textbook for This Course Please see the reading list for a full overview of relevant readings.For each lecture, the slides contain references to additional literature. You are strongly encouraged to read at least a few original articles per lecture (e.g. Mintzberg, 1990).
Lectures, Small Work Groups, Group Discussions, Case Analysis

Most sessions feature a combination of taught material and extended in-class exercises. These exercises serve the purpose of embedding learning and developing skills. They are also designed to build your research capacity and enhance your ability to do well on the assessment. Participation in all sessions is mandatory and will be monitored. For each morning or afternoon session that you fail to attend in its entirety, you will lose 10 points (out of 100). If you miss an exercise for a justifiable reason beyond your control, you should send an explanation of your absence to the instructor prior to the class.

Portfolio submission

(details on the portfolio submission will be given during the first session)

None, but desirable
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