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Unit information: Management Dissertation in 2021/22

Unit name Management Dissertation
Unit code EFIM30017
Credit points 40
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 4 (weeks 1-24)
Unit director Professor. Richard Owen
Open unit status Not open

Management Research Methods (EFIM20025)



School/department School of Management
Faculty Faculty of Social Sciences and Law


The dissertation provides the opportunity to research a topic of interest to the student and to develop knowledge and skills in working with a preferred methodology. Students undertake research on a management or marketing topic that they choose, as this relates to one of three broad challenge areas facing business and society:

  • Ecological sustainability and tackling climate change
  • Global justice, equality, ethics and responsibility
  • Rethinking capitalism, work, innovation and the digital economy

It involves the carrying out and writing up of a significant piece of individual research, with supervision, and provides hands-on experience in research design, data collection and data analysis. For some this may involve statistical analysis of survey data, for others a qualitative study involving interviews and observation in organisations.

The unit aims to:

Develop understanding and appreciation of management research through experience;

Develop depth of understanding in a management related area;

Provide experience in the searching, analysis and synthesis of a body of literature, to identify a research issue, and to design, carry out, and reflect upon a programme of research;

Develop skills and understanding in writing up a research study;

Enhance self-directed study skills and support future employability

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the unit, students will be able to:

Appreciate the range of methodologies in management research, and to design a study consistent with a chosen approach;

Demonstrate competence in locating, analysing and integrating a body of literature related to a focal management topic;

Set out the principles of designing a viable research study and apply these in formulating a research study to investigate a management issue;

Understand through practice selected data collection and data analysis methods;

Demonstrate capability in writing up a research study within time and space constraints.

Teaching details

Teaching will be delivered through a combination of synchronous and asynchronous sessions including lectures, tutorials, drop-in sessions, discussion boards and other online learning opportunities.

Assessment Details

Summative 1 (TB1) 3000 word literature review (25%). Summative 2 (TB2) 10000 word Dissertation (75%)


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