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MF2086 Research Methodology in Management and Organization 6.0 credits

The course offers specialization into the subject area of organization and leadership, as well as knowledge regarding the methods and approaches required to begin a master thesis and post graduate studies. The knowledge that the course provides is also necessary in more practical activities in order to understand and make use of research in this area.

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Headings with content from the Course syllabus MF2086 (Spring 2020–) are denoted with an asterisk ( )

Content and learning outcomes

Course contents

The participants will carry out a scientific work, where it is included to collect, describe and analyse data with appropriate research method. The results should be discussed in relation to earlier and future research, as well as analyse weaknesses and strengths in own and others' research.

The work should be presented orally and in writing.

Intended learning outcomes

After passing the course, the student should be able to:

- Describe various research methods of both qualitative and quantitative nature

- Apply various research methods of both qualitative and quantitative nature. Examples of these methods are mean value comparisons (t-test and ANOVA) and multiple regression analysis. Examples of methods for qualitative analysis are text analysis and open coding

- Choose research methods that are relevant for different types of research studies

- Explain and discuss the weaknesses and strengths of various research methods

- Demonstrate analytical and critical thinking

- Apply KTH ethics for copying and citation of others' work

Course disposition

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Literature and preparations

Specific prerequisites

Degree of Bachelor in mechanical engineering or the equivalent.

MF2046 Product Innovation or MF2038 Service Design, or the equivalent.

Recommended prerequisites

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Examination and completion

If the course is discontinued, students may request to be examined during the following two academic years.

Grading scale

A, B, C, D, E, FX, F


  • INL1 - Hand in Exercise, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • INL2 - Hand in Exercise, 2.0 credits, grading scale: A, B, C, D, E, FX, F
  • ÖVN1 - Exercise, 2.0 credits, grading scale: P, F

Based on recommendation from KTH’s coordinator for disabilities, the examiner will decide how to adapt an examination for students with documented disability.

The examiner may apply another examination format when re-examining individual students.

Opportunity to complete the requirements via supplementary examination

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Opportunity to raise an approved grade via renewed examination

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Ethical approach

  • All members of a group are responsible for the group's work.
  • In any assessment, every student shall honestly disclose any help received and sources used.
  • In an oral assessment, every student shall be able to present and answer questions about the entire assignment and solution.

Further information

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Course web MF2086

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Main field of study

Mechanical Engineering

Education cycle

Second cycle

Add-on studies

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