The Research Process and the Role of Theory in Business Research - 2017

This doctoral seminar is for 'early' doctoral students in the field of business and social science.

Learning objectives
After the course, the PhD student will

  • be able to understand the scientific foundation of research
  • know how to acquire scientific insights and assess them critically
  • have an idea of how to deal with scientific communities
  • be able to position his/her research in a research field
  • have reflected on and clarified his/her research question
  • know how to review literature
  • have reflected on the fit between research question and method
  • be able to get an idea of different writing styles
  • have a better idea of the data collection process
  • be able to identify and understand what constitutes a theory (including causality, assumptions etc.) and to distinguish theory from taxonomies, morphologies, colloquialisms etc.
  • be able to develop own conceptual frameworks and mid-range theories
  • be able to apply different theoretical lenses to an empirical problem in order to see how theory in the social sciences sometimes influences our conclusions


Time and place
12-14 June (Part ONE) and 23-25 August 2017 (Part TWO). The course will take place at Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Fuglesangs Allé 4, 8210 Aarhus V.
Part ONE: Room 2627-H7 (building 2627). Part TWO: Room 2636-U212 (building 2636).  

Professor Andrea Carugati, Professor Lars Frederiksen, Professor Tino Bech-Larsen, Associate Professor John Howells, Associate Professor Peter Kesting, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS.

No later than 30 April 2017 to: Lisbeth Widahl, Department of Management, Aarhus BSS, Aarhus University, Bartholins Allé 10, 8000 Aarhus C (preferably by email). An application form can be downloaded from this web page. Please note that your application is binding. Applicants from the Department of Management will be given priority over applicants from other departments/universities.

Participants from other universities will be charged a fee that covers meals during the course (for more information, please contact Lisbeth Widahl). Participants are required to find their own accommodation. 

Schedule/literature - Part ONE

Schedule/literature - Part TWO