School of Business and Management

BUSM144 Research Methods for International Human Resource Management


2 (2017/18)



Module organiser

Dr Maria Koumenta


Module overview

This module introduces students to the nature of research in the field of business and management/ human resource management and to some of the techniques used in business research. The module is designed to provide students with the knowledge, skills and expertise to undertake a successful dissertation as part of the MSc. The module will introduce you to the fundamentals of research in business and management/ HRM, help you to design a relevant and rigorous dissertation project, and to identify suitable quantitative and/or qualitative research methods techniques. It will walk you through the entire research process from finding a research question to the final results including how to write-up your research. With a strong focus on the dissertation the module will also provide the fundamentals for future research projects in academia and different business contexts.


100% coursework

Indicative reading list


Recommended texts:

  • Bryman, A. and Bell, E. (2015). Business Research Methods. Fourth Edition. (Oxford: Oxford University Press)


  • Saunders, M., Lewis, P. and Thornhill, A. (2015). Research Methods for Business
    Students. Seventh edition.b (Prentice Hall)

For those who decide to pursue a quantitative dissertation we recommend the following comprehensive textbook for quantitative research

  • Field, A. (2013): Discovering Statistics Using SPSS, 4ed, Sage Publication