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
- 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
- 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.
- 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:
- 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:
- project work
- seminar paper
- (group) presentation
- written and/or oral exam 20%
- seminar work (project work, seminar workpaper) and/or oral exam 80%