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Process Research Methods

This course will provide students with an understanding of process theorizing and different approaches to process research in management and organization studies, allow them to make and justify choices in the design of process research, and to apply qualitative and quantitative methods of process analysis. Most of the phenomena investigated by management and organization scholars evolve over time. This includes processes at various levels, such as team development, innovation, organizational change, interorganizational collaboration, and institutionalization.

Prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends

Prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends

Hans Berends (1972) is Professor of Innovation and Organization at the Knowledge, Information and Innovation Research Group, School of Business and Economics, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He is an organization scientist with a background in philosophy and industrial engineering, and received a PhD from Eindhoven University of Technology for a dissertation on knowledge sharing in industrial research. His work has been published in leading journals including Organization Science, Organization Studies, Journal of Management Studies, Human Relations, and Journal of Product Innovation Management.

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Course Description

Most of the phenomena investigated by management and organization scholars evolve over time. This includes processes at various levels, such as team development, innovation, organizational change, interorganizational collaboration, and institutionalization. Process research methods have been developed to capture the dynamics of how such phenomena unfold over time, without reducing them to dependent or independent variables. 

This course provides an introduction to these process research methods. It provides the philosophical and theoretical background to process thinking, methods for collecting process data, and qualitative and quantitative methods for analyzing process data.

Please download the course manual here.

Study Characteristics

  • Study period: February  2024 – March  2024 (Period 4)
  • Credits: 5 ECTS
  • Tuition fee: €1250 (20% discount for early bird registration)
  • Registration deadline: 22-01-2024 (early bird registration: 02-01-2024)
  • Prerequisite knowledge: Prior knowledge of basic qualitative research methods required.
  • The course Process Research Methods 2023-2024 is open to PhD candidates, research master students, honours master students, postdocs, and junior faculty. This is an advanced course that assumes prior knowledge on qualitative research methods (e.g. the ABRI course Qualitative Research Methods). The course workload represents 5 ECTS.
  • Course Description & Study Characteristics

    Course Description

    Most of the phenomena investigated by management and organization scholars evolve over time. This includes processes at various levels, such as team development, innovation, organizational change, interorganizational collaboration, and institutionalization. Process research methods have been developed to capture the dynamics of how such phenomena unfold over time, without reducing them to dependent or independent variables. 

    This course provides an introduction to these process research methods. It provides the philosophical and theoretical background to process thinking, methods for collecting process data, and qualitative and quantitative methods for analyzing process data.

    Please download the course manual here.

    Study Characteristics

    • Study period: February  2024 – March  2024 (Period 4)
    • Credits: 5 ECTS
    • Tuition fee: €1250 (20% discount for early bird registration)
    • Registration deadline: 22-01-2024 (early bird registration: 02-01-2024)
    • Prerequisite knowledge: Prior knowledge of basic qualitative research methods required.
    • The course Process Research Methods 2023-2024 is open to PhD candidates, research master students, honours master students, postdocs, and junior faculty. This is an advanced course that assumes prior knowledge on qualitative research methods (e.g. the ABRI course Qualitative Research Methods). The course workload represents 5 ECTS.

Would you like to register or want to know more?

The course is currently full. New registrations will be put on a waitlist. For more info please contact the course coordinator prof. dr. ir. Hans Berends: