What you will study
The main aim of the module is to assist you in completing your MBA project, and developing you as a reflective and independent practitioner.
For your MBA project, you'll firstly have to decide on an organisation you would like to use as a case study for your project, select a problem they face and propose how you would solve this problem. The next step is to choose appropriate research tools (primary and secondary, qualitative and quantitative) that will enable you to collect information in order to make recommendations as to how you will proceed with the change or how you have implemented your change. Finally, you'll provide your reflections on the skills, knowledge and competencies you have developed as well as your recommendations for implementation of your change.
In order to assist you in successfully completing your MBA project, the module will be structured into three units as follows:
The aim of this unit is to support you in deciding on the organisation, problem and change you will focus on in your MBA project. You'll develop planning, time and change management skills by exploring issues such as accessibility, organisational and inter-organisational elements and practical issues in order to decide which organisation may be appropriate for your project. In order to decide on a problem that you would like to explore in your chosen organisation and identify relevant change you would like to implement, you'll review current understanding and assess alternative approaches to the identified problem, applying theory.
In this unit you'll be introduced to different methods of data collection and ethics. You'll go through planning, time management, stages of research process and epistemological assumptions that can help you manage the research process. You will also develop an understanding of collecting and analysing data by exploring the use, collection and analysis of secondary and primary (qualitative and quantitative) data. Finally, you'll advance your knowledge of the ethical issues associated with practitioner research.
This unit will support you in completing and writing up your final MBA project. Time will be allocated in order to collect secondary and/or primary data and implement your change when possible. You will also have time to analyse your data and start thinking of your findings while you will explore how you can draw conclusions from your data. Finally, you will have time to concentrate on writing their MBA project and submitting your end-of-module assessment.
You will be required to study between 12 and 15 hours per week for six months.
Satisfactory participation at a 21-day online school is required. Students should expect to spend about 1.5 hours per day on various tasks and activities.
The school is an opportunity to interact with other managers and tutors and to work in small groups. The focus is on assisting students to manage the research process and understand the complexities and requirements of conducting (primary and/or) secondary research when exploring a problem in management-based projects.