562 Research methods in administration

562 Research Methods In Administration

  • Study programme and level: Master’s joint study programme Management in Administration 2nd Cycle
  • 1st year
  • 7 ECTS
  • Course type: Core course
  • Lectures: 28
  • Seminar: 14
  • Other study activities: 88
  • Individual work: 80
  • Language: English, Serbian, Slovene
  • Lecturer: dr. Jože Benčina, PhD, dr. Dragan Vukmirović, PhD


1. Content

  • General matters about the research in administration
  • Review of research approaches and basic scientific research- methods
  • Data sources: definitions and citations
  • Survey research and other methods for formation of the primary data sources
  • Statistical methods at secondary data sources
  • Research process
  • Empirical research design, project approach
  • Argumentation of the research, placement in the predefined research field and argumentation of the value for stakeholders
  • Research execution: collection, sorting and processing data
  • Hypotheses testing
  • Interpretation of research results
  • Research results reporting and publication

2.  Readings

Compulsory readings

  • McNabb, D.E., 2008. Research Methods in Public Administration and Nonprofit Management: Quantitative and Qualitative Approaches 2nd ed., M.E.Sharpe. 1 - 423
  • Robbins, D., 2008. Understanding Research Methods: A Guide for the Public and Nonprofit Manager 1st ed., CRC Press. p. 1 - 82
  • Welsh, S. & Comer, J., 2006. Quantitative Methods for Public Administration: Techniques and Applications 3rd iz., Waveland Pr Inc. p. 1 – 312.

Additional readings

  • Robbins, D., 2008. Understanding Research Methods: A Guide for the Public and Nonprofit Manager 1st ed., CRC Press. p. 83 - 273
  • Miller, G.J. & Yang, K., 2007. Handbook of Research Methods in Public Administration, Second Edition 2nd iz., CRC Press.
  • Brewerton, P.M. & Millward, L.J., 2001. Organizational Research Methods: A Guide for Students and Researchers 1st iz., Sage Publications Ltd.
  • Neuman, W.L., 2002. Social Research Methods: Qualitative and Quantitative Approaches 5th iz., Allyn & Bacon.
  • Devjak, S., 2002. Kvantitativne metode za analize v upravi. 1. ponatis. Ljubljana: Visoka upravna šola.
  • Böhret, C.: Wordelmann, P.: Lernmodell Virtuelle Zukunft- Experimentelle Politik im Planspiel, TAU, Forschungsinstitut für öffentliche Verwaltung bei der Hochschule für öffentliche Verwaltung, Speyer 1997.

3. Objectives and competences


  • recognizes and defines problem, asks research questions and/or thesis and defines research hypotheses,
  • prepares research design and research project plan,
  • gathers and analyses information and data using suitable methods like content analysis and comparative analysis,
  • analyses phenomena and proves them using adequate methods,
  • chooses and uses suitable hypothesis testing techniques,
  • makes critical reflexion to research results and relates them to the results of earlier researches and practical situation in public sector,
  • prepares comprehensive research report taking into account problem and research framework,
  • prepares scientific paper.

Student is qualified

  • to plan the research and research project with all necessary elements,
  • to incorporate the problem approach and assert the intended research work, and to place the research into predefined research framework,
  • to ask research questions and theses and derive and test hypotheses,
  • to grasp the meaning of research results, and apply it to situations at hand,
  • to report results, in the form of research report, research article and master thesis.


4. Intended learning outcomes:

Students will:

  • understand importance of literature research as the ground of empirical research design,
  • be able
  • to design a small empirical research,
  • to execute the research project and interpret gained results,
  • be capable to assess the research result relevancy,
  • be able to prepare research results in form suitable for understanding and verification of the research results that are acceptable for the publicity in the relevant publications,
  • understand project management process and the role of project team and coordination between projects and project teams,
  • be able to participate in the team work needed for execution of complex research and development projects and to assess team work process.


5. Learning and teaching methods:

  • lecture
  • seminars
  • research
  • project work
  • seminar paper
  • (group) presentation
  • e-learning


6. Assessment

  • written and/or oral exam 20%
  • seminar work (project work, seminar workpaper) and/or oral exam 80%