Course - Applied Statistics for Management Accounting and Business Research - BMAC8030
BMAC8030 - Applied Statistics for Management Accounting and Business Research
Lessons are not given in the academic year 2019/2020
The objective of this course is to give the students an introduction to advanced econometric methods using Stata. In this course, we will focus on the practical application of the methods used in management accounting and business research using data relevant for the participants. Being able to write statistical research papers will help PhD-candidates in publishing their work in good academic journals. Statistics can also be applied in order to confirm results found in case studies.
We will go through the basics of regression with a focus on diagnostics, before moving on to different ways of modeling when the OLS regression assumptions are breached. This course encompasses both cross-sectional, nested data, and time-series analysis. It differs from other courses in two main ways. First, the topics and examples used will be relevant for students within management accounting and business research. Second, the course will focus on applied statistics, thus enabling the candidates to produce a research paper within the framework of the course.
Students will get a repetition about the basics of regression analysis, before moving on to situations where we cannot apply ordinary least squares regression to different types of data. Then we will go through different types of dependent variables, including dichotomous variables (logistic regression), variables with more than two categories (multinomial regression), and ordinal variables (ordered logistic regression). The next topic is data that breaches the assumption of independent units, that is, the data are nested. This includes hierarchical or multilevel data and panel data. The course will conclude with time-series analysis.
This course will focus on statistical methods relevant for PhD-candidates in management accounting and business research. Research questions within these fields often require the analysis of data where the linear regression assumptions are breached, and where ways of handling nested- and time data are required.
- Linear regression and regression diagnostics
- Logit models, including ordered logit and multinomial regression
- Multilevel analysis
- Panel data analysis
- Time-series analysis
The course aims to enable the students to:
1. Use Stata to perform statistical analyses relevant to their dissertation;
2. Be aware of the limitation of simple regression;
3. Model data where simple regression assumptions are breached;
4. How to deal with different types of dependent variables;
5. Write an independent statistical research paper;
6. Have knowledge on how to handle nested and time-series data;
7. Be able to write quantitative papers within the fields of management accounting or business research.
On completion of this module, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate a knowledge of regression analysis and its limitations;
- Decide which type of regression analysis is appropriate for different types of dependent variables and data structures;
- Understand and use different types of statistical models, including different variants of logistic regression, multilevel modeling, panel data analysis, and analysis of time-series data.
- Understand, interpret, and present statistical results;
- Will be familiar with and able to use the statistical software Stata;
- Prepare data for use;
- Perform an independent statistical analysis;
- Write statistical method sections;
- Write quantitative research papers of good quality.
Learning methods and activities
The course consists of 2 separate workshops, which will comprise a mixture of formal presentations and lab work using both example data and the students' own data. The focus of the workshops is to enable the students to be able to use what they learn in the course on their own data relevant for their respective doctoral theses. We will also introduce the students to literature that will aid them in their further work on their statistical models.
Further on evaluation
The students will be required to hand in a 2-3 page research plan, consisting of their research plan (for the course paper), including research question/hypotheses, data to be used, and relevant variables. This should be handed in before the first workshop. It is expected (but not mandatory) that the students brings relevant data for the second workshop (if ready, they can also bring it to the first workshop). The students should bring their own laptops and have the statistical program Stata installed on their computers.
Pass/Fail: the grading for this course will be judged by faculty members on a pass/fail basis. Students will be assessed on their research paper. This paper should be delivered in the form of a theoretically based statistical analysis, and have the form of an academic research paper (with extra weight given to the statistical part of the paper). Length should be 15-20 pages. The students are required to use one of the methods presented in the course. There will be no formal examination for this course.
Required previous knowledge
The students must be registered on a PhD programme.
Credits: 7.5 SP
Study level: Doctoral degree level
Language of instruction: English
- Economics and Administration
Department with academic responsibility
NTNU Business School
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