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A320A4000 Research in International Business and Entrepreneurship, 3 cr 
Code A320A4000  Validity 01.08.2019 -
Name Research in International Business and Entrepreneurship  Abbreviation Research in Int 
Credits3 cr   
TypeBasic studies  
  Grading scaleStudy modules 0-5,P/F 
  Eligibility for post-graduate studiesno
    Allowed to study several timesno
Organisation LUT School of Business and Management 

Tanja Leppäaho 
Lasse Torkkeli 
Maria Uzhegova 

Description by Study Guide

Location: Lappeenranta

Only for students of the Master’s in International Business and Entrepreneurship (MIBE) programme.


M.Sc. (Econ. & Bus. Adm.) 1-2



Teaching Language 


Teacher(s) in Charge 

Associate Professor, D.Sc. (Bus. & Adm.) Lasse Torkkeli,
Professor, D.Sc (Econ.) Tanja Leppäaho,
Junior Researcher M.Sc (Bus. & Adm.) Maria Uzhegova


This course prepares the master’s students of the international business and entrepreneurship programme to conduct the methodological and empirical part of their thesis successfully. The course is intended to be taken as a preparatory course for the master’s thesis seminar in international business and entrepreneurship. The methodologies, lectures, assignments and exam apply topics specific to the international business and entrepreneurship domains.

Successful completion of the course implies that the students will be able to:
- understand the nature of scientific knowledge
- understand the main paradigms of science
- understand the differences between quantitative and qualitative research methodology
- know basics about research ethics and research materials
- know how to use scientific research methods
- know how to frame a study and how to plan and conduct data collection
- know well the basics of case study research and the main features of ethnographic, action, focus group and narrative research designs
- know well the basics of survey study designs
- be able to generate research plans for both quantitative and qualitative research designs


The course provides the students with basic knowledge about qualitative and quantitative methods in the context of international business and entrepreneurship research, on research ethics and research materials. The course offers students an arena through which they understand how to plan and conduct a scientific research suitable for a master’s thesis, how to look for suitable journal articles and how to analyze data gathered from enterprise.


Teaching Methods 

Video lectures 18 h, practicals 8 h, independent study 51 h and an exam 3 h. Total 80 h. (Edit 27.9.2019)

Examination in Examination schedule (Yes/No) 


Examination in Moodle (Yes/No) 


Examination in Exam (Yes/No) 


Assessment scale and assessment methods 

Final grade 0-5. Evaluation 0-100 points. Participation in lectures and assignments (30 points), written exam (70 points).

Course Materials 

1) Eriksson, P. and Kovalainen, A. (2008). Qualitative Methods in Business Research.
2) Creswell W. John (2009 or older). Research Design: Qualitative, Quantitative and Mixed Methods Approaches.
3) Other material given by the instructors during class.


Bachelor’s thesis and bachelor level research methodology course.

Limitation for students? (Yes, number, priorities/Leave empty) 

Yes. Only for students of the Master’s in International Business and Entrepreneurship (MIBE) programme.

Places for exchange-students? (Yes, number/No) 


Places for Open University Students?(Yes, number/No) 



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