Term Paper – Research Assignment

The goal of this course is to write one, 12 to 15 page (max 20 pages), and research paper. The skills that papers demand (writing, research, and the synthesis of material into a coherent whole) are extremely valuable also for the final thesis. The paper discusses the methodology that is either implicit or specific in some article or book chapter that the MBA student reads for a social science course. Methodology is the views on confirmation, explanation, theory choice, the goals of science, and the objectivity of science, the relations between theory and observation, and so forth. Students have to learn how to research and investigate, synthesize, organize, analyse, clarify, examine the broader context, select, and adopt.

The Term paper should consist of:

  • Introduction to science theory and research methods
  • Topic choice, rationale statement, and initial bibliography
  • Thesis statement and annotated bibliography
  • Refined thesis, revised topical outline (initial paragraph) and paper outline
  • Conclusion


Recommended literature and other sources:

K. ZEMAN: Methodology for Writing Bachelor’s and Master’s Thesis, 2013, VŠE Faculty of Economics – Prague, access in: http://econ.vse.cz/wp-content/uploads/2014/12/Metodika-pro-psan%C3%83%C2%AD-BP-a-DP-23-10-2014-1.pdf

YVONNE N. BUI: How to Write a Master’s Thesis 2nd ed., Los Angeles: SAGE, 2014, ISBN 978-1-4522-0351-5

R. NOLA, H. SANKEY: After Popper, Kuhn and Feyerabend: Recent Issues in Theories of Scientific Method, Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers, 2001, ISBN 1-4020-0246-7

UMA SEKARAN: Research methods for business: A skill-building approach 4th ed., New York: John Wiley & Sons, 2003, ISBN 0-471-20366-1

D. EVANS, P. GRUBA, J. ZOBEL: How to Write a Better Thesis, Cham: Springer, 2014, ISBN 978-3-319-04285-5

KATE I. TURABIAN, revised by WAYNE C. BOOTH: A manual for writers of research papers, theses and dissertations: Chicago style for students and researchers 7th ed., 2007, Chicago: University of Chicago Press, ISBN 978-0-226-82336-2

A. KREIKEMEYER, P. SCHNEIDER (University of Hamburg); adapted by Cramer, T. (2010): How Do I Successfully Write a Paper (Term Paper, Business Project, Master’s Thesis)? A practical guide for social scientists

MIGUEL ROIG: Avoiding plagiarism, self-plagiarism, and other questionable writing practices: A guide to ethical writing, access in: http://ids.vse.cz/wp-content/uploads/2012/01/plagiarism.pdf