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  • Evidence-based management entails managerial decisions and organizational practices informed by the best available scientific evidence. Its roots are in evidence-based medicine, a quality movement to apply the scientific method to medical practice. Reference: Pfeffer, J.and Sutton, R.I.(2006). Hard Facts, Dangerous Half-Truths and Total Nonsense: Profiting From Evidence-Based Management. Cambridge: Harvard Business School Press.Engaged scholarship reflects empirical research conducted in partnership with public and private stakeholders, with the goal of addressing critical social issues and contributing to the public good. Often, community partners are included in the research process, either as informants, in collecting data, in analyzing the data, or all of the above. Among the pieces included here are those utilizing an action research methodology, in which tangible and immediate outcomes of community-based research are sought. Reference:Andrew H. Van de Ven,(2007) "Engaged Scholarship: A Guide to Organizational and Social Research", Oxford University Press
  • This course is part of a 3-course sequence in which you will develop both the theoretical understanding and practical skills necessary for becoming a competent scholar practitioner in the field of fraud and forensics. What we do in this course will serve as the foundation of your capstone project
  • Research is a very broad term which is used in everyday language to refer to many different kinds of activities. You’ve also probably done different “research” projects for other coursework. In this course we’re referring to a specific type of research activity – original empirical research, which we will define and discuss over the 3 courses. Right now it’s helpful to understand that the research you’re expected to do is:Not simply browsing and searching on Google and then summarizing what you readNot summarizing or reviewing books you’ve readNot about forensic work – we’re not going to learn specific forensic or lab techniques
  • The development of the scholar-practitioner is consistent with the engaged scholarship approach of the course
  • You should have formed a group by the first day of this course. Your instructor will set up a Blackboard course space for your group. Many other tools are available to facilitate the management of virtual collaboration, such as Google Docs or Dropbox. Please refer to the lecture slides from the Virtual Residency for more information and tips.
  • Mff715 w1 0_course_intro_fall11

    1. 1. MBA 715 – Forensic Research & Analysis <br />Developing critical thinkers &evidence-based managers through engaged scholarship<br />
    2. 2. Welcome to MFF715!<br />Dr. Rachel Chung Dr. Enrique Mu<br />
    3. 3. Vision Statement<br />The course MFF715: Forensic Research & Analysis is designed to develop critical thinkers and evidence-based managers (Pfeffer and Sutton 2006)through a systematic introduction to engaged scholarship (Van de Ven 2007). <br />For this purpose:<br />Lectures and readings focus on current empirical literature on fraud and forensics (FF). <br />Assignments and projects are designed to promote analytical skills and to sharpen the student’s ability to clearly define research problems.<br />
    4. 4. What this course is about (Objectives):<br />Understand the role and importance of empirical FF research in organizations<br />Understand the process and methodology required in conducting scientific FF research<br />Develop critical thinking skills in formulating FF research problems<br />Become familiar with the role of research in evidence-based management<br />
    5. 5. The MFF research sequence<br />MFF715: Forensic Research & Analysis<br />Three-credit course in Fall<br />Introduction to the basic concepts of empirical research<br />Deliverable: A tentative research proposal including research questions and plan<br />MFF720: Forensic Literature Review<br />One-credit course in Spring<br />Writing a critical synthesis of readings<br />Deliverable: A critical review of relevant literature included as part of a refined research proposal<br />MFF735: Fraud and Forensics Capstone<br />Four-credit course in Summer<br />Collecting, analyzing and reporting your own research data and findings <br />Deliverable: A complete research report based on an empirical study<br />
    6. 6. What the research sequence is NOT<br />NOT summarizing Google search results<br />NOT book reviews<br />NOT about conducting forensic investigations<br />NOT about forensic lab analysis<br />
    7. 7. Instructional Model<br />Developing the scholar-practitioner<br />The student’s goal is to be a competent scholar and intelligent consumer of research reports<br />Agile feedback<br />Frequent feedback allows you to identify areas to improve and to adopt learning strategies that are more effective for you<br />Safe place to learn from failure<br />Practice questions allow students to master core concepts through repeated practices<br />Learning by Doing<br />Frequent and varied exercises facilitate learning through hands-on practices and applications<br />
    8. 8. Course Format<br />Online Delivery<br />Asynchronous meetings through electronic discussions<br />Synchronous meetings only if needed (e.g. to clarify issues with a specific group/student)<br />3 credits over 5 weeks =<br />10 hrs of instructions + up to 20 hrs of self study weekly<br />(based on the Carnegie Credit System)<br /> Be aware this is a very intensive and fast-paced course<br />
    9. 9. Pre-requisite skills<br />Using Carlow’slibrary and other tools such as Google Scholar to conduct research effectively<br />Writing effectively with APA style<br />Collaborating and doing team work in a virtual environment<br />
    10. 10. Using the textbook<br />Comprehensive Book<br />Easy to read and understand<br />Focuses on both managerial and research concepts<br />Excellent reference for the rest of your studies<br />Make sure you understand the bold/key terms in the book<br />Use the end of chapter questions to make sure you understand the concepts – important for your tests<br />
    11. 11. Teamwork<br />Working in a team is highly recommended for assignments and the final project<br />Three students on a team (or maximum four with instructor permission. Two-student teams are not acceptable)<br />Also, you are allowed to work individually with instructor permission<br />
    12. 12. Questions?<br />Feel free to contact us any time!<br />(Remember that email is always preferable to telephone)<br />