Conducting an empirical research project on a current practice-oriented research question from the area of human resource management/organizational behavior, students get to know the fundamentals of empirical research as well as methods of data collection and data analysis that are relevant for both professional and research practice. Students attending the project seminar are being prepared for conducting an empirical research project or writing an empirical master thesis.
- The empirical research process: Literature analysis, identification of the research problem, development of hypotheses, study design and operationalization, data collection, data analysis and evaluation, interpretation and discussion of results, scientific documentation
- Measurement and data collection instruments: Indices and scales, logic of measurement, interview, survey, observation, experimental and quasi-experimental design, field study
- Methods of data analysis and evaluation: Content analysis (qualitative – quantitative), descriptive statistics, logic of statistical hypothesis testing, statistical and practical significance, methods for testing correlation and difference hypotheses