What you will study
The main aim of the module is to assist you in completing your MBA project and developing you as a reflective and independent practitioner.
For your MBA project, you'll first have to decide on an organisation you would like to use as a case study for your project, select a problem they face and propose how you would solve this problem. The next step is to choose appropriate research tools (primary and secondary, qualitative and quantitative) that will enable you to collect information in order to make recommendations as to how you will proceed with the change or how you have implemented your change. Finally, you'll provide your reflections on the skills, knowledge and competencies you have developed, as well as your recommendations for the implementation of your change.
In order to assist you in successfully completing your MBA project, the module will be structured into three units as follows:
The aim of this unit is to support you in deciding on the organisation, problem, and change you will focus on in your MBA project. You'll develop planning, time and change management skills by exploring issues such as accessibility, organisational and inter-organisational elements and practical issues in order to decide which organisation may be appropriate for your project. In order to decide on a problem you would like to explore in your chosen organisation and identify relevant change you would like to implement, you'll review current understanding and assess alternative approaches to the identified problem, applying theory.
In this unit, you'll be introduced to different methods of data collection and ethics. You'll go through planning, time management, stages of the research process and epistemological assumptions that can help you manage the research process. You will also develop an understanding of collecting and analysing data by exploring the use, collection and analysis of secondary and primary (qualitative and quantitative) data. Finally, you'll advance your knowledge of the ethical issues associated with practitioner research.
This unit will support you in completing and writing up your final MBA project. Time will be allocated in order to collect secondary and/or primary data and implement your change when possible. You will also have time to analyse your data and start thinking of your findings while you will explore how you can draw conclusions from your data. Finally, you will have time to concentrate on writing your MBA project and submitting your end-of-module assessment.
You will be required to study between 12 and 15 hours per week for six months.
Satisfactory participation at a compulsory residential school is required in order to pass this module. The residential school will be offered in face-to-face and online options, subject to any restrictions or other factors that prevent face-to-face residential schools taking place. Face-to-face residential schools will be held in the UK and will run over three days. Online schools will be offered in two formats: short intensive, requiring 6 to 8 hours a day of online participation, and a longer, more asynchronous school, spread over 14 days and requiring about 60 to 90 minutes a day. Both versions of the residential school (face-to-face and online) have been devised to deliver the same learning outcomes.
The residential school element of this module is an opportunity to interact with other managers and tutors and to work in small groups. The focus is on assisting students to manage the research process and understand the complexities and requirements of conducting (primary and/or) secondary research when exploring a problem in management-based projects.