Empirical Methods II ("Empirical Methods 2.01")

Winter Term: 040081 Master Level (Advanced)

Summer Term:  040081 Master Level (Advanced)

Course Description:

This course complements “Empirical Methods I” and builds on the knowledge acquired in that introductory class. The goal of this follow-up course is for students to learn how to work with data and analyse it against the backdrop of a given research question. After a brief recap of the contents of “Empirical Methods I”, we will delve into data analysis both in an applied and theoretical manner. Our theory sessions will mainly focus on descriptive and inference statistics for cross-sectional data. Our applied sessions will revisit the programming skills and theoretical know-how of students and introduce data analysis using statistical programming software. Students will participate by reading and presenting scientific articles in some of the highest ranked strategy journals. Knowledge gained in this course and its preceding class “Empirical Methods I” is also applied during a project where students actively conduct their own empirical research.

Class objectives:

  • Overview and in-depth knowledge of the fundamental data preparation and analyzing methods in management research
  • Ability to assess quality of empirical research in management
  • Practical experience by conducting a study on a management related issue


The course is held in English.


As part of the course grade, your class participation will be assessed every session. You will automatically fail the class if you miss more than 10% of sessions.


Admission to the Master's program

2016 Curriculum: Successful completion of the Minor

Course Methods:

Lectures, Discussions, Student Presentations, In-class exercises

Assignments and assessment:

Students will be assessed based on their class participation (class work, home assignments and a presentation of an empirical paper), a written exam and an empirical project (own paper and a presentation of own findings). The final project (including presentation) accounts for 35%, the exam for 35% and class participation accounts for 30% of the final grade.