Business Administration

1. Compulsory courses on the  Master’s Program in Business Administration and compulsory courses on the Doctoral Program in Business Administration (for doctorate students who do not hold a Master’s degree). These courses are normally taught in Portuguese:

Scientific Training:

- Research Methods: 2 credits 
It is expected that upon completion of this course, participants will be able to make decisions on key aspects of management science. Topics covered include understanding what  'scientific' means, the basic steps of scientific method, the components of a theory, the formulation of research questions and different levels of difficulty, the development of the research project, the types of design and the main difficulties in developing it. Investigations are analyzed qualitatively and quantitatively, but focusing mainly on quantitative aspects. This course is primarily aimed at Master’s degree students who are beginning research. The course should seek a balance between theoretical and practical aspects. The activities are aimed at enabling participants to develop a scientific approach: research, methodical skepticism, and critical  and analytical thinking.

- Quantitative Research Methods: 2 credits 
The process of quantitative research in management and its main components. The core elements of quantitative research, including the application of data analysis techniques. Objective: To develop skills for the implementation of quantitative research projects in the field of Administration. At the end of the semester the student is expected to understand the logic underlying the development of tools for data collection that meet the criteria of validity and reliability, such as the measurement scales used. It also aims to expand knowledge for descriptive data analysis and the use of specific techniques.

- Qualitative Research Methods: 2 credits 
The aim of this course is to introduce the main concepts that underpin the design of qualitative research. It also aims to clarify issues regarding the use of this methodology in relation to different theoretical approaches. This course also aims to address issues of ethics and quality and to present the main methods for collecting field data. It is expected that by the end of the semester the student will know the main approaches in qualitative research and be able to use at least one of these approaches in their dissertation.

Management Training:

- Organizational Theory: 2 credits (ADM) - first semester
This course presents the development of Organizational Studies from the perspective of what an organization is. The approach  employed is partly metaphorical, which may be the major theoretical advance in the field of Organizational Studies. The theoretical diversity of this area means that such a choice has to be made. In fact, the area of Organizational Studies uses references of various social sciences and different perspectives within each social science. Intellectual honesty requires that the course presents students with the widest  possible variety of approaches, although in order to justify the importance of organizations in contemporary society it is not necessary that this originates  from a specific area of knowledge. This is especially true for managers, regardless of their areas of interest, such as professionals in administration. Management is always carried out within the context of organizations, whether they are businesses, public institutions, management systems or organizations involved with the public or Third Sector.

2. Compulsory courses on the Doctoral Program in Business Administration (for doctorate students who either do, or do not have a Master’s degree). These courses are normally taught in Portuguese:

Scientific training:

- Qualitative Research Methods: 2 credits 
Objective: To go into  the fundamental issues relating to qualitative research in more depth and provide a practical perspective of the data collection strategies. Strengthening the analysis of different materials collected by way of  qualitative research will address the issues of validity and reliability. At the end of the course the participant should be able to collect and analyze  qualitative data competently.

3. Elective courses for the Master's and Doctoral Programs that are taught in English*:

4. Research Seminar  – 1st and 2nd semesters. These seminars are usually taught in Portuguese:
Professors and researchers from FGV and other institutions present academic papers in different areas. After the presentations, a discussion is held with the participants.


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