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Introduction to Research Methods

Research in Business Administration

Graduate School of Business Administration
University of Haifa

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1999 - 2007 , לוהינב רקחמ תוטישל אובמ

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םירקס - תויריפמא תוטיש .2     
םייוסינ - תויריפמא תוטיש .3    
תוינתוכיא תויריפמא תוטיש .4    
היצזילדומו תויטילנא תוטיש .5    
הזילנא - הטמ .6    
םיינבמ םילדומ : תובכרומ תוטיש .7    
8. Writing (?) Becker summary from brint

     

Schedule

TOPICS

  • Intro
    • Children and Divorce 1 , and Children And Divorce 2 -- thought pieces
    • Why not?
    • "scientific method", Developing a Theory תיעדמה השיגה
      Paradigms: See Necker's Cube תומגידרפ , objectivity
    • Science aims at obtaining the Truth : תיעדמה תמאה
      a. Empirical תיריפמא
      b. Reliable הנמיהמ
      c. Multiple Converging Evidence תבלטצמ
      d. Consensually Validated הארנ ףקות
      e. Operationally/functionally described היצזילאנויצרפוא/םושייל ןתינ

    • Science also strives for Understanding:
      a. Describe
      b. Predict תיזחת/יובינ
      c. Control הטילש
      d. Synthesize הזטניס
      e. Explain רבסה
    • Positivism, Observation, participant observation, *Unobtrusive observation*
      1. A framework for a philosophical inquiry into the social sciences: ontology, epistemology, methodology;
      2. The early Rationalists: that metaphysician Plato and the doubting Descartes;
      3. The traditional Empiricists: the inductivist Bacon and the skeptical Hume;
      4. Kant's reconciliation of rationalism and empiricism;
      5. Hegel's system: the juggernaut of the World Spirit marching through history;
      6. Marx's concept of praxis stands Hegel on his head;
      7. The interpretive approaches of Dilthey, Windelband, and Weber;
      8. The Logical Positivists of the Vienna Circle: the quest(ion) for a unified science of nature AND society;
      9. The scientific community responds: the falsifiability of Popper and the paradigm shifts of Kuhn;
      10. How is "meaningfulness" possible in an Age of Science? The phenomenology of Husserl and Schutz;
      11. The Frankfurt School(s): Horkheimer's research program and Habermas's (re-)Enlightenment project;
      12. Language as an ingress into meaning: Wittgenstein, Quine, Winch;
      13. The pragmatists and their anti-foundationalism: Pierce, James, Dewey, Rorty
      14. Postmodernists besiege Grand Theory and ethnocentrism: E. Said, Foucault, Lyotard, feminist theories; and
      15. Conclusions--a summing up and an invitation: (how) is social science still possible?
    • "normal science", paradigms
    • Generalizing?
    • Causality?
    • reliability, validity
    • two uses of randomality
    • What is a theory?
      Finding a diffrerence that makes a difference
      There's nothing so practical as a good theory" - Kurt Lewin
    • What is measurement?
    • Big Scientific controversies:

      - Global Warming
      - Population explosion / Ehrlich's predictions
      - MetCalfe's bet on internet
      - Moore's Law, Coase's Law
      - The Bible code - Drosnin
      - Monetary vs. Fiscal policy, supply-side vs. other approaches
      - Bell Curve (race and iq)
      - Mismeasure of Man
      - Evolution vs. Creationism
      - Cigarettes
      - Behaviorism vs. Psychodynamics, vs. other streams
      - Punishment/Reward and performance
      - The Sokal Social-Text Hoax
      

  • Experimental Methods
  • Survey Methods
  • Literature Meta Analysis
  • Analytic modeling
  • Time series and econometric methods
  • Structural Equation Models
  • Qualitative Methods:
    • Ethnography,
    • observation,
    • hermeneutics,
    • Delphi,
    • deconstruction,phenomenology, post-modernism.
  • Material we will probably *not* cover, but should mention:
    • Library, online and Web research methods
    • Ethics?
    • Funding?
    • Publishing process?
    • Writing and citation styles:
      Becker, Howard S. Writing for Social Scientists: How to Start and Finish
      Your Thesis, Book, or Article. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1986.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS


TBD




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