BMO-31306 Advanced Business Research (ABR)


Credits 6.00

Teaching methodContact hours
Group work12
Independent study0
Course coordinator(s)dr. WJJ Bijman
Lecturer(s)prof. dr. WA Dolfsma
M Annosi
dr. G van der Velde
prof. dr. JH Trienekens
dr. WJJ Bijman
N Salimi
dr. JLF Hagelaar
dr. M Mahdad
Examiner(s)dr. WJJ Bijman

Language of instruction:


Assumed knowledge on:

BMO-24306 Management and Marketing; BMO-21306 Advanced Management and Marketing.

Continuation courses:

BMO-80436 Thesis Business Management & Organisation


Advanced Business Research (ABR) aims at learning how to set up and execute a business management and organisation research project. The topic can be on strategy, operations, supply chains, human resources, organisation, innovation, or entrepreneurship. The research project will be systematic and scientifically robust as a result of applying management & organisation theory and appropriate research methods. The research project will be carried out in a team of three students. ABR is a perfect preparation for an MSc thesis in business management & organisation.

Learning outcomes:

After successful completion of this course students are expected to be able to:
- understand the complexity of doing research on management and organisation issues;
- develop an adequate research proposal;
- select an appropriate research design;
- find and review scientific management literature;
- select appropriate methods for data collection and data analysis;
- report, in writing and presenting, on the findings of the research;
- work in the research project team.


Before ABR starts, you are advised to look around for a team (3 persons), and a management & organisation issue. ABR starts with introductory lectures on how to do business research: designing a research project, using theory, using appropriate research methods, and developing reporting skills. A mid-term exam will assess your knowledge of research methods. Next, there are team meetings with a supervisor, presentations, discussions and additional lectures. You are encouraged to participate in the open exchange of comments, suggestions and ideas. Each team will present twice and assess the presentations of others. You will have to submit a final team report. During the exam week students will examine each other's work.


- individual contribution to team work and final exam (30%); Students’ active participation in the consultation sessions with the supervisors will be assessed to avoid free riding. Each student is expected to be involved in every step of the research project and to actively work with others in the team. In the final exam students have to defend their report in a cross-examination with other students.
- individual mid-term exam (30%); The exam will cover the topics of the first five lectures, the tutorial, and the reading material. The exam contains both multiple choice and open questions;
- team Presentations (10%); Each team will make two presentations to present their research to the whole class. Students’ capability to make a clear and convincing presentation will be assessed;
- team Final Report (30%); The final report with maximum 50 pages (excluding appendices) will be evaluated by the team supervisor and the course coordinator.


To be announced in the course guide.

Compulsory for: MFTFood TechnologyMScH: Spec. H - Food Entrepreneurship5AF
Restricted Optional for: MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScD: Spec. D - Management in Life Sciences5AF, 6AF
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Spec. A - Business Studies5AF, 6AF
MMEManagement, Economics and Consumer StudiesMScA: Spec. A - Business Studies5AF, 6AF
MBSBiobased SciencesMScC: Spec. C - Biobased and Circular Economy5AF, 6AF