Essex Business School
Postgraduate: Level 7
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
01 October 2019
Requisites for this module
MRESN21012 Management and Organisation,
MA B99112 Health and Organisational Research,
PHD N40048 Accounting,
PHD N20048 Management
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. 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. Full details of the assessment are given below, and additional guidance is available on the Moodle page.
This module aims to help students to be able to:
• Critically evaluate academic texts and review bodies of literature.
• Understand reflexivity and its relationship to the literature review process.
• Comprehend different epistemological positions and their relationship to theory, research design and the selection of appropriate methods of data collection and analysis.
• Appreciate the relationship between literature and research questions.
• Develop the skills and understanding needed to be able to produce an academic literature review.
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.
* Written Communication
* Oral Communication
* Research Skills
* Critical Thinking
* Digital and Technical Fluency
* Innovation and Curiosity
* Personal Brand
* Commercial Awareness
The module will consist of 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.
- Software catalogue - Endnote X7, http://answers.essex.ac.uk/help/search-library-catalogue-within-endnote
- 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, http://answers.essex.ac.uk/help/export-references-using-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, https://library.essex.ac.uk/home
- 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
||1,500 word reflective essay
||3,500 word Literature Review
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Danielle Tucker & Mr Anthony Holt
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).
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