Research Evaluation

The details
Essex Business School
Colchester Campus
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
11 June 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

MRESN40212 Accounting,
MRESN21012 Management and Organisation,
MA B99112 Health and Organisational Research,
MPHDN40048 Accounting,
PHD N40048 Accounting,
MPHDN20048 Management,
PHD N20048 Management

Module description

This module seeks to explore a range of theoretical, philosophical and methodological approaches to postgraduate research with a specific focus on the literature search and review phase of a research project.

The module will look closely at the process of writing an academic literature review. Alongside this, students will develop skills in reviewing and critically analysing academic texts, developing insights on research methodology and epistemology that will be developed in later (Spring term) modules.

Module aims

This module aims to help students to be able to:

1. Critically evaluate academic texts and review bodies of literature.
2. Understand reflexivity and its relationship to the literature review process.
3. Comprehend different epistemological positions and their relationship to theory, research design and the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.
4. Appreciate the relationship between literature and research questions.
5. Develop the skills and understanding needed to be able to produce an academic literature review.

Module learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module, students should be able to demonstrate:

1. Skills in critically evaluating academic texts and bodies of literature.
2. The capacity to adopt a reflexive approach to research, being able to examine, and develop a critique of, different ways of engaging with and responding to literature.
3. An informed understanding of the relationship between academic literature, the formulation of research questions and the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.
4. An informed understanding of the relationship between alternative
epistemological positions and research design.
5. The capacity to produce an academic literature review in a chosen area of study.

Skills for Your Professional Life (Transferable Skills)

In addition, this module will also contribute to your development of the following employability skills.

1. Written Communication
2. Oral Communication
3. Research Skills
4. Critical Thinking
5. Teamwork-Collaboration
6. Digital and Technical Fluency
7. Innovation and Curiosity
8. Personal Brand
9. Commercial Awareness

Module information

Students will be guided in their study through intensive workshop sessions, but are also expected to undertake a substantial programme of self-directed study, including searching for, reading and reviewing relevant literature.

This self-directed study forms an important part of the delivery of the module, and is built in to the schedule below. Assessment will be based on two written pieces of coursework completed at the end of the module. Additional guidance is available on the Moodle page.

Learning and teaching methods

The module will normally be delivered through 10 x 2hr sessions. The module will be delivered through a mix of lectures, interactive seminars where we will discuss techniques and approaches to various literature sources that may be encountered during the research process. It is extremely important that you do the preparatory reading and preparation for the group exercises prior to each session. In academic year 2020-2021 the delivery is likely to be different and involve online learning.


  • Software catalogue - Endnote X7,
  • Fulmer, C. Ashley; Gelfand, Michele J. (2012-07) 'At What Level (and in Whom) We Trust: Trust Across Multiple Organizational Levels', in Journal of Management. vol. 38 (4) , pp.1167-1230
  • Denis, Jean-Louis; Dompierre, Genevieve; Langley, Ann; Rouleau, Linda. (2011) 'Escalating Indecision: Between Reification and Strategic Ambiguity', in Organization Science. vol. 22 (1) , pp.225-244
  • Doherty, Bob; Haugh, Helen; Lyon, Fergus. (2014-10) 'Social Enterprises as Hybrid Organizations: A Review and Research Agenda', in International Journal of Management Reviews. vol. 16 (4) , pp.417-436
  • Hart, Chris. (2018) Doing a literature review: releasing the research imagination, Thousand Oaks, CA: SAGE Publications.
  • Software catalogue - Endnote Web,
  • Folkman, Susan, U California, BerkeleyLazarus, Richard S. (1985) 'If it changes it must be a process: Study of emotion and coping during three stages of a college examination.', in Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.
  • Grant, Maria J.; Booth, Andrew. (2009-06) 'A typology of reviews: an analysis of 14 review types and associated methodologies', in Health Information & Libraries Journal. vol. 26 (2) , pp.91-108
  • Ridley, Diana. (c2012) The literature review: a step-by-step guide for students, London: SAGE. vol. Sage study skills
  • Sandberg, J.; Alvesson, M. (2011) 'Ways of constructing research questions: gap-spotting or problematization?', in Organization. vol. 18 (1) , pp.23-44
  • Kavanagh, Marie H.; Ashkanasy, Neal M. (2006-03) 'The Impact of Leadership and Change Management Strategy on Organizational Culture and Individual Acceptance of Change during a Merger', in British Journal of Management. vol. 17 (S1) , pp.S81-S103
  • Coupland, Christine; Brown, Andrew D.; Daniels, Kevin; Humphreys, Michael. (2008-03) 'Saying it with feeling: Analysing speakable emotions', in Human Relations. vol. 61 (3) , pp.327-353
  • A.-W. Harzing; N. J. Adler. (2016) 'Disseminating Knowledge: From Potential to Reality--New Open-Access Journals Collide With Convention', in Academy of Management Learning & Education. vol. 15 (1) , pp.140-156
  • Willmott, H. (2011) 'Journal list fetishism and the perversion of scholarship: reactivity and the ABS list', in Organization. vol. 18 (4) , pp.429-442
  • University of Essex Library home page,
  • Sinkovics, Rudolf R.; Zagelmeyer, Stefan; Kusstatscher, Verena. (2011) 'Between merger and syndrome: The intermediary role of emotions in four cross-border M&As.', in International Business Review. vol. 20 (1) , pp.27-47
  • Tranfield, David; Denyer, David; Smart, Palminder. (2003) 'Towards a Methodology for Developing Evidence-Informed Management Knowledge by Means of Systematic Review', in British Journal of Management. vol. 14 (3) , pp.207-222
  • Greenhalgh, Trisha; Robert, Glenn; Macfarlane, Fraser; Bate, Paul; Kyriakidou, Olivia. (2004) 'Diffusion of innovations in service organizations: systematic review and recommendations.', in The Milbank Quarterly. vol. 82 (4) , pp.581-629

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   1,500 word reflective essay     30% 
Coursework   3,500 word Literature Review     70% 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
100% 0%


Coursework Exam
100% 0%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Danielle Tucker, email:
Dr Danielle Tucker, Dr Maria Hudson



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 20 hours, 20 (100%) hours available to students:
0 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


Further information
Essex Business School

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