SHE Level 5
SCQF Credit Points 45.00
ECTS Credit Points 22.50
Module Code MMN221767
Module Leader n/a
School Glasgow School for Business and Society
Subject Finance and Accounting
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • A (September start)-B (January start)
  • B (January start)-C (May start)
  • C (May start)-A (September start)
  • C (May start)

Summary of Content

The Dissertation and Consultancy Project module follows from the module, Research & Consultancy Methods. Research & Consultancy Methods focuses on management research and consultancy design. The aim of the module is to conduct management research|consultancy and report on the findings. Drawing on the proposal developed in Research & Consultancy Methods, the module focuses on the management research project, which involves an investigation of a substantial management issue or problem. Students are required to demonstrate critical awareness of management practice, relevant theories and research techniques and approaches. The project element of the module in particular offers students the opportunity to apply course concept, theories and techniques, draw on internationally published literature and good practice, and develop and interpret knowledge about management practice in their area of study. The project's subject matter involves the theoretical and empirical investigation of management and focuses upon topics covered in the student's programme of study, the MBA. It requires students to demonstrate their ability to independently work. Each project will be supervised by an appropriate academic staff. The management project can assume one of 3 forms: An Applied Management Project, a Management Inquiry Project or a Management Consultancy Project. The Applied Management project involves primary data, which can assume the form of case study strategy including that of a student's place of work. The Management Inquiry Project is secondary data based and can assume the form of an exploration of an aspect of the development of global trends in the relevant management literature and an assessment of its implications for local practice. This project may be based from the study trip to Denmark, or to some other country, and also builds upon knowledge gained in Globalisation and Global Citizenship module. The Management Consultancy project is normally primary data based and requires the student to adopt the role of a consultant. Students intending to choose this option are required to secure an agreement in principal from the client organisation prior to the finalisation of the first piece of coursework. Regardless of the nature of the output selected, the project is required to be theoretically robust and methodologically sound to meet the academic requirements of the module. Equivalence in the assessment of all three projects is maintained.


The syllabus contains a project briefing session prior to the commencement of the project. Further briefing session may be set up as required.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, the student should be able to:1. Building upon previous developed proposal, conduct empirical research, present an intellectually robust and evidence based analysis, and develop appropriate recommendations.2. Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of the relevant theory pertaining to the chosen topic.3 Demonstrate the use of an appropriate methodological framework (incorporating consultancy based requirement where relevant) to meet the aim and objectives of the project.4. Appraise, reflect, interpret and synthesise the theory and evidence gathered and to inform future professional practice.

Teaching / Learning Strategy

The students are responsible for managing their learning journey and resources, and in initiating, developing and producing the final applied research report or consultancy report. To facilitate effective independent learning, the module leader|project coordinator, will conduct a briefing session prior to the commencement of the project. This session provides the means to disseminate vital information concerning both the academic and administrative requirements of the module, and a forum for students to seek clarification or discuss issues that may be of concern GCULearn shall be used support the students' learning experience through access to module relevant information, additional recommended reading to encourage wider reading and informative video clips. Students shall also receive a personal copy of the module Handbook. Research sets provide a degree of continuity from the taught element to the final project and GCULearn shall be available for students to use to support each other. Key material such as the programme's Ethics form, Consent Form, staff contact detail and other relevant material will be made available for students and posted via GCULearn for convenient access. Communication to the Module Leader when required and also that between students via Blackboard will be encouraged to facilitate the sharing of ideas and enable peer support. Staff supervising the projects shall be encouraged to facilitate student research discussion forums. In addition to tutor and peer support to enrich the learning experience, the students also benefit from the expertise of their respective supervisor who have an appropriate research or scholarly background in the area. The role of the supervisor of the project is to support the development of the required conceptual maps and thought processes that underpin the proposal and the project and provide advice and guidance regarding project administrative, procedural and approach issues. Assessment & Feedback Strategy The assessment for the module is entirely coursework based. Students shall be provided detailed instructions and guidelines of the assessment in the module handbook distributed during the briefing session. Information provided shall include the assessment requirements and criteria, submission deadlines, mark template and supporting narrative for the assessment. Regardless of topic, the project should demonstrate academic robustness reflected by deep critical knowledge and understanding of the chosen subject matter. Such knowledge and understanding will be evidenced by a valid case for the study, effective appraisal of appropriate theoretical concepts, international management trends and practices, and an appropriate methodological framework, reflected by considered, and well defended, and suitable design choices. In the case of the project such evidence is reflected by relevant analysis and synthesis of appropriate information leading to practicable and value adding recommendations or balanced assessment of implications for professional practice. The feedback strategy for this module is informed by Glasgow Caledonian University guidance and will operate in accordance to the principle therein. Opportunities for formative and summative feedback are as follows : Project Verbal feedback during supervisor meetings and written feedback on drafts submitted and the final submitted project. Key elements of feedback include: ? Interactive Feedback Enabling students to seek clarification on guidance and feedback received, and encourage discussion, which facilitates deeper reflection, learning and feedforward. ? Diagnostic Feedback Will be exploited to challenge students to challenge themselves, clarify expectations and misconceptions and motivate students. ? Peer Feedback Enable students to see themselves and their output in a supportive environment encouraging reflection, learning and peer group support. ? Individual Feedback Students shall receive individual written feedback complemented via verbal explanations if required. ? Feedback Timing Feedback shall be provided timely. Feedback regarding issues raised at supervisor meetings normally is immediate. Feedback on drafts submitted shall be provided following review of such. Written feedback on the Management Project is available during the three weeks following the Assessment Board. Additional verbal feedback may be sought from the supervisor after written feedback .

Indicative Reading

Books : Blaxter L, Hughes C and Tight (2006); How to Research; 3rd Edition; Open University; Buckingham Brewerton P and Millward L (2001); Organizational Research Methods; Sage Publications; London Denzin N K and Lincoln L S [Eds] (2005); The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research; Sage Publications; London Denzin N K and Lincoln L S [Eds] (2008); Collecting and Interpreting Qualitative Materials; Sage Publications; Thousand Oaks California Quinton S and Smallbone T (2006); Postgraduate Research in Business: A Critical Guide; Sage Publications; London Riley M, Wood R C, Clark A M, Wilkie E and Szivas E (2000); Research and Writing Dissertations in Business and Management; Thomson Learning; London Saunders M, Lewis P and Thornhill A (2009); Research Methods for Business Students; Financial Time|Prentice Hall; London Sturdy A, Handley K, Clark T & Fincham R (2009); Management Consultancy: Boundaries and Knowledge in Action <http://www.oxfordscholarship.com/oso/public/content/management/9780199212644/toc.html> ; Oxford Scholarships Online (E-Book) Wickham P A (2007); Management Consulting: Delivering an Effective Project; Prentice Hall; Edinburgh Gate Yin R K (2009); Case Study Research: Design and Methods; 4 th Edition; Sage Publications Journals : Academy of Management Journal Academy of Management Review ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interface ACM transactions on Information Systems ACTA Informatics Administrative Science Quarterly Annals of Tourism Research Business Ethics Quarterly British Journal of Management California Management Review Communications of the ACM Corporate Governance: An International Review Creativity & Innovation Management Decision Support Systems European Journal of Information Systems European Management Journal European Journal of Innovation Management Harvard Business Review IEEE Transactions on Computers IEEE Transactions on Engineering Management Information & Management Information and Organization Information Processing and Management Information Systems Journal International Journal of Human-Computer Studies International Journal of Hospitality Management International Journal of Tourism Research Journal of Business Ethics Journal of Change Management Journal of Hospitality and Tourism Research Journal of Information Technology Journal of Knowledge Management Journal of Management Information Systems Journal of Operations Management Journal of Organizational Change Management Journal of Strategic Information Systems Journal of the Association of Information Systems Journal of Travel Research Leadership Leisure Sciences Management Review MIS Quarterly Organisational Dynamics Organizational Studies Sloan Management Review Strategic Management Journal The Leadership and Organizational Development Journal Tourism Management

Transferrable Skills

Students studying the module should further develop the following: ? Interpersonal talents ? Analytical and critical thought ? Creative thought ? Cognitive and intellectual talents ? Data analysis and synthesis ? Problem solving ? Independent learning and self management ? Time management ? Ethical conduct ? Reflective learning

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (PT) 5.00
Assessment (PT) 80.00
Directed Learning PT 15.00
Independent Learning (PT) 350.00
Directed Learning FT 15.00
Assessment (FT) 80.00
Independent Learning (FT) 350.00
Seminars (FT) 5.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Coursework 1 n/a 100.00 50% Applied Management Project | Management Inquiry Project | Management Consultancy Project