Research Methods in Family Business Management

Master's degree in Family Business Management and Entrepreneurship

6 ECTS; 2º Ano, 1º Semestre, 45,0 TP


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The main purpose of this unit is to provide contact with a variety of theoretical and methodological assumptions that underpin the development of investigative processes leading to the development of a research project.

a) The nature of scientific research;
b) Paradigms in research: positivist, interpretive and sociocrítico;
c) Research methodologies;
d) Methods/research plans;
e) The formulation of a problem, the research question and the respective hypothesis;
f) Review of the literature;
g) Information sources for research in family business management;
h) Data collection techniques: selection and triangulation;
i) Data collection tools: development and validation;
j) Collection, treatment and analysis of data;
k) Ethical Aspects to be considered in a scientific study;
l) Organization and formal writing of a scientific document.

Evaluation Methodology
The knowledge acquired will be evaluated through an individual research work.

- Barañano, A. (2004). Métodos e técnicas de investigação em Gestão. Manual de apoio à realização de trabalhos de investigação. Lisboa: Edições Sílabo
- Bryman, A. e Bell, E. (2007). Business research methods. Oxford: Oxford University Press
- Yin, R. (2008). Case Study Research. Design and Methods. London: Sage
- Gill, J. e Johnson, P. (2002). Research methods for managers. London: Sage

Method of interaction
The used teaching and learning methodologies involve theoretical presentations, practical problem solving, demonstrations, discussions and tutorials.

Software used in class
?Microsoft Word;
?Microsoft Excel;
?Web 2.0 tools;