Research Methods for Managers


Business skills CPD

Research Methods for Managers

This course on research methods for managers provides you with the key concepts, principles, strategies and skills you need to undertake research in the area of business and management. The investigative and analytical skills you gain from this course will be useful for both your current role and your future career since these are important skills which will help you solve many business and managerial problems.

This course is also of use if you want to learn how to write a dissertation.

Who is it for?

The course is intended for directors and senior or middle managers of private, not for profit and public sector organisations.


The course consists of nine substantive sessions and one revision session:

  • Formulating research questions
  • Literature review
  • Research methodology and tools
  • Qualitative methods – Part 1
  • Qualitative methods – Part 2
  • Quantitative Methods – Part 1 (Measurement, Scaling and Questionnaire Design)
  • Quantitative Methods – Part 2 (Questionnaire Design)
  • Quantitative Methods – Part 3 (Sampling and Design)
  • Quantitative Methods – Part 4 (Quantitative Data Analysis)
  • Revision

Entry requirements

There are no entry requirements, although you should have a reasonable level of English and Mathematics

What is included?

There are nine substantive sessions and one revision session, all recorded in the form of audio lectures. You listen to these first before you do any reading, and then once more after you have read the recommended texts. You will be able to calibrate your progress by carrying out the self assessed activities. Feedback to these activities is provided in the ‘Activity Feedback’ folder under each session.

The course is delivered through our Teaching Zone so you also gain free access to our Manager’s tool kitand effective learning skills sections.


By the end of this course, you should be able to:

  • evaluate the different methodologies employed in international management research
  • make an informed choice of data collection methods for a given research area or research question
  • design and propose a viable research project
  • present research findings in a systematic manner and structure a dissertation
  • formulate the methodology for a qualitative research project
  • formulate the methodology for a quantitative research project

How do I study and how long does it take?

There are ten sessions in total and you should plan to spend around one hour on each session.

How is it assessed?

There is no formal assessment for this course, but there are self-assessment opportunities throughout the course.

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