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LT019002 YLJ4 Methodology of business studies (English course) 4 ECTS
Organised by
Accounting and Finance
Person in charge
Kari Lukka and Eija Vinnari

Learning outcomes

After having passed this course, doctoral students will be broadly familiar with philosophical and methodological topics and debates in business studies. This knowledge will enable them to make informed choices regarding the research approach they will employ in their own research.


This study module maps and explores methodological options open for a business studies researcher, based on the idea of paradigmatic open-mindedness. It will acquaint the doctoral candidates with the research tradition and methodological alternatives of business studies.

Teaching methods

Teaching method Contact Online
Lectures 20 h 0 h

The principle of process learning will be followed in this study module. Students are expected to carefully prepare themselves for each session based on the daily program of the course and the instructions of the teacher. Interactive learning is emphasized during the course.

Teaching language


Modes of study

Option 1
Available for:
  • Degree Programme Students
  • Other Students
  • Doctoral Students
  • Exchange Students
Participation in classroom work
  • In English
Written exam
  • In English

In addition to the written exam and participation in classroom work, the students are required to do pre-readings for preparation before the course begins. Requirements include the pre-readings, the readings assigned on the daily session program of the course as well as things that emerge during the teaching sessions. Doctoral candidates earn base points for the written exam by active participation of high quality in the contact sessions.


Numeric 0-5.

Recommended year of study

Spring 2016 as of January (but not in 2015).

Study materials


For all:

Flyvbjerg, Bent (2001) Making social science matter. Cambridge University Press.


For thos doctoral students, who do not speak Finnish:

Pratt, Vernon (1978 or later print) The Philosophy of the Social Sciences. Routledge.

For those doctoral students, who speak Finnish:

Niiniluoto, Ilkka (1980 or later print) Johdatus tieteelliseen filosofiaan. Käsitteen- ja teorianmuodostus. Otava.

Niiniluoto, Ilkka (1983 or later print) Tieteellinen päättely ja selittäminen. Otava.

Further information

The book by Pratt is a warmly recommended pre-reading for this course. The articles specified during the course will be obligatory readings.

The course is run every other academic year; next time starting early January 2016.

Belongs to following study modules

Turku School of Economics
General Postgraduate Studies (General Studies)
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Department of Accounting and Finance
Accounting and Finance
Quantitative Methods in Management
Business Law