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Introduction to Applied Business Economic Research with Stata

The PhD School at the Faculty of Business and Social Sciences at University of Southern Denmark

Applied business economics research is one of the key fields in business economics and also related
fields. Recently, PhD projects are – with an increasing frequency – designed as a paper-based (empirical)
dissertation. The qualifications and skills obtained during master programs often hardly prepare
students to write good scientific articles. Especially in the beginning of a PhD project with a strong
empirical/quantitative focus, the challenges appear to be overwhelming. PhD students might have difficulties
to cope, inter alia, with some of the following issues. (1) It might be difficult to translate the
own research idea into an academic paper that can be submitted to a peer-reviewed journal. (2) Modern
empirical research projects are more and more based on large data sets and call for skills with
respect to data handling and management.
Furthermore, conducting empirical research on an academic level requires understanding of the philosophical
and ethical background of empirical science (theory of science). Despite the increasing popularity
of quantitative empirical research, these foundations of working empirically are often neglected.
This includes the ability to reflect upon the prospects and limits of the own work as well as
awareness of the responsibility of researchers for their results and their societal effects.
Students who completed the course will gain insight in the process of writing contemporary empirical
articles and will learn about state-of-the-art data management that goes beyond simple spreadsheet
computer applications like Excel. A good command of data management, in turn, is the key for the use
of elaborate statistical techniques later in the process of the PhD project. The course will use the statistical
software package Stata, which meets all these requirements and is widely used among applied
researchers in business economics and related fields. Furthermore, students will be able to critically
reflect upon the scientific value of their work as well as reflect upon their responsibility as a scientist
towards society.


Course dates
19 August 2019 - 23 August 2019
Professor MSO Arne Feddersen and Professor Oliver Budzinski
Niels Bohrs Vej 9-10
5 points

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