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Business Research

Skills and competences

Basic competences
  • Knowledge forming the basis of original thinking in the development or application of ideas, typically in a research context.
  • Capacity to apply the acquired knowledge to problem-solving in new or relatively unknown environments within broader (or multidisciplinary) contexts related to the field of studies.
  • Capacity to integrate knowledge and tackle the complexity of formulating judgements based on incomplete or limited information, taking due consideration of the social and ethical responsibilities involved in applying knowledge and making judgements.
  • Capacity to communicate knowledge and conclusions and the grounds on which they have been reached to specialist and non-specialist audiences in a clear and unambiguous manner.
  • Capacity for ongoing self-directed and independent learning.


General Competences
  • Ability to establish research questions or original hypotheses based on a relevant theoretical framework and then evaluate or verify them empirically.
  • Capacity for effective public speaking.


Specific competences
  • Ability to identify research topics of importance to the academic community in a wide range of business subjects, including aspects of organization, management and accounting, and address these topics from functional, process and management perspectives.
  • Ability to understand relevant new theories, essential paradigms and trends currently emerging in publications on business research in order to tackle specific problems in this field of study.
  • Ability to search for and select relevant qualitative and quantitative data, analyse and interpret data, and transform data into useful information to conduct research on business issues.
  • Skills in the design stages involved in business research activities, including selecting a new topic of interest, proposing a specific problem within the topic area and selecting a theoretical approach to frame the problem.
  • Mastery of the implementation stages of business research activities, including selecting the methodological approach appropriate to tackle the problem and framing the potential contributions of problem resolution within the context of current knowledge and debate.
  • Ability to apply the most appropriate qualitative methodologies for high-quality research on how organizations function and implement these methods rigorously.
  • Ability to apply the most appropriate quantitative methodologies for high-quality research on how organizations function and implement these methods rigorously.

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