Doktoratsstudium

Quantitative Research Methods


PI 0324: SALZBERGER (Statistics and Mathematics / Marketing Management)
Winter Term 2018/19


Webpages & Structure of a Unit | Textbook | Learning Outcomes | Topics | Grading | Presentations | Schedule | Evaluation

Dates Winter Term 2019: October 2, 11, 16, 23 | November 6, 20, 27


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  • Last updated June 17, 2018; 18:15
  • Attendance in first unit is mandatory; if you really cannot attend, please contact thomas.salzberger@wu.ac.at as soon as possible.
  • For grading scheme, current credits and final grades (at the end of the semester) see Grading
  • The directory with the pdf Files is: http://statmath.wu.ac.at/~salzberger/quantmeth/pdfdownloaddirectory/ (Copy and paste link into your browser). Please download pdf files from there. All files may only be used for educational purposes during this course.
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Webpages

Structure of a Unit

  • 15 min per topic: Written quiz (mostly multiple choice)
  • 60-75 min per topic: Presentation (including practical topic and contents as given below, 30 slides approx); some exceptions apply
  • 15-30 min per topic: Discussion
  • Each class consists of two consecutive units (topics); some exceptions apply

Text Book

The method seminar is based on the Research Methods - Knowledge Base by William M.K. Trochim and James P. Donelli. The material is available as a text book but can also be accessed and downloaded from a web page at no cost.
Based on selected chapters, you will prepare presentations that introduce the other participants to the topics. The objective is to trigger a lively discussion. You may devlop a short excercise, discuss a paper, include different views (other literature), etc. Your creativity is welcome. The allocation of the topics will be done in the introductory class.

Learning outcomes

  • The participants will familiarize themselves with the milestones (fundamentals and basic principles) of quantitative empirical research.
    At the end of the course, the participants should be able to comprehend quantitative studies and their results,
    and critically evaluate and challenge their scientific underpinning as well as design their own quantitative empirical projects.

Topics

Grading

The grading is based on two components:

Presentations

Schedule


Tuesday,
October 2
16-18
4.4.141

Introduction - Organization
Participation required


Thursday,
October 11
15-19
4.4.141

Topic 1 (=chapter 1): NN
Foundations of quantitative research
Keywords

Topic 2 (=chapter 2): NN
Sampling
Keywords


Tuesday,
October 16
15-19:30
4.4.141

quizzes on topics 1 and 2

Topic 3 (=chapter 3): NN
Measurement
Keywords


Tuesday,
October 23
15-19:30
4.4.141
Quiz on topic 3

Topic 5 (=chapter 5): NN
Scaling + Indexes
Keywords, Likert (1932, reprint 2007),

Topic 4 (=chapter 4): NN
Survey Research
Keywords


Tuesday,
November 6
15-19:30
4.4.141
quizzes on topics 4 and 5

Topic 6 (=chapter 7): NN
Design
Keywords

Literature recommendation as to causality in survey/observational research (unfortunately, not easy to read):
John Antonakis, Samuel Bendahan, Philippe Jacquart, and Rafael Lalive (2010). On making causal claims: A review and recommendations. The Leadership Quarterly 21, 10861120. Link ScienceDirect WU

Videos at YouTube: Endogeneity: An inconvenient truth (a gentle introduction), by John Antonakis, Endogeneity: An inconvenient truth (full version), by John Antonakis

Topic 7 (=chapter 9): NN
Experimental Design
Keywords
Topic 8 (=chapter 10): NN
Quasi-Experimental Design (abridged)
Keywords

Tuesday,
November 20
15-19:30
4.4.141
quizzes on topics 6 and 7
Note: Quiz on topic 8 will be replaced by a task to be completed and handed in on May 24 or June 12, or sent by email until June 12

Topic 9 (=chapter 12): NN
Analysis Part 1
Keywords

Topic 10 (=chapter 14): NN
Analysis Part 2 (up to and including page 308)
combined presentation wiuth topic 9
Keywords


Tuesday,
November 27
17-18:30
4.4.141
Final Exams
Quizzes on topics 9 and 10
opportunity to do up to 2 upgrading quizzes and, in addition, two missed quizzes (from 1 to 8)
Task to be completed and handed in on, or sent by email until, November 27, (replaces quiz on topic 8)


Evaluation

TBA